Attributes of Student Mathematical Thinking that is Worth Building on in Whole-Class Discussion

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Abstract/Description:

This study investigated the attributes of 297 instances of student mathematical thinking during whole-class interactions that were identified as having the potential to foster learners’ understanding of important mathematical ideas (MOSTs). Attributes included the form of the thinking (e.g., question vs. declarative statement), whether the thinking was based on earlier work or generated in-the-moment, the accuracy of the thinking, and the type of the thinking (e.g., sense making). Findings both illuminate the complexity of identifying student thinking work building on during whole-class discussion and provide insight into important attributes of MOSTs that teachers can use to better recognize them.


Location: PMENA Conference, East Lansing, Michigan
Presenter:

Laura R. Van Zoest, Western Michigan University; Shari L. Stockero, Michigan Technological University-Houghton; Napthalin A. Atanga, Western Michigan University; Blake E. Peterson and Keith R. Leatham, Brigham Young University; and Mary A. Ochieng, Western Michigan University