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Radakovic, Nenad; Jagger, Susan; Jao, Limin – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2018

In this article, we explore the reading and writing of mathematical poetry from our experiences as mathematics teacher educators. First, we outline how our own engagement with mathematical poetry encouraged us to incorporate it into our teaching of pre-service teachers. We describe how our initial disappointment with the mathematical content of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Poetry, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing

Putra, Mulia – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2018

An important issue in mathematics education in many countries has long been how to make use of students' daily life mathematics (informal mathematics) in teaching mathematics at school (formal mathematics). This communication proposes an alternative framework of mathematics education that bridges informal and formal mathematics using…

Descriptors: Ethnology, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Informal Education

Ingram, Jenni; Watson, Anne – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2018

We aim to open up discussion about the intertwined roles of teachers and tasks that involve students communicating about mathematics when working in groups. Over many years we have observed, researched and ourselves have taught students working on mathematics in groups and find that it is often easier to pay attention to the forms of communication…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Interpersonal Communication, Foreign Countries

Kontorovich, Igor' – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2018

How do students cope with and make sense of polysemy in mathematics? Zazkis (1998) tackled these questions in the case of 'divisor' and 'quotient'. When requested to determine the quotient in the division of 12 by 5, some of her pre-service teachers operated in the domain of integers and argued for 2, while others adhered to rational numbers and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Arithmetic

Lerman, Stephen – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2018

Many predominantly English-speaking countries have problems understanding the notion of "didactics" as it is used in many European and other countries. The term appears almost exclusively in the UK as a description of a form of teaching which in recent decades has been seen pejoratively. Didactic teaching is taken to mean teaching with…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Teaching Methods, Didacticism, Value Judgment

Farrugia, Marie Therese – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

In this article, I describe a research/teaching experience I undertook with a class of 5-year-old children in Malta. The topic was subtraction on the number line. I interpret the teaching/learning process through a semiotic perspective. In particular, I highlight the role played by the gesture of forming "frog jumps" on the number line.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Subtraction, Foreign Countries, Young Children

Yoon, Caroline – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

Popular culture casts mathematics and writing as opposites--a false dichotomy, which can be harmful for our discipline of mathematics education. Positioning writing outside the domain of the mathematician's abilities and cultivated skill set can create doubt in the mathematician wishing to write--not that one cannot be both writer and…

Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Writing Skills, Mathematics, Professional Personnel

Kofi-Davis, Ernest – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

Mathematics is often positioned as being difficult for Ghanaian teachers to teach and pupils to learn. Although literature point to the educational and scientific relevance of many of the socio-cultural practices in the Ghanaian society, many mathematical concepts are taught out of context in schools. In this paper I will draw on Bishop's (1988)…

Descriptors: Teaching Models, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods

Cooper, Jason; Pinto, Alon – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

"The root of 18 is closer to 4 than it is to 5 because 18 is closer to 16 than it is to 25". Is this statement, voiced in an 8th grade class, valid? We suggest hypothetical arguments upon which this statement might be based, and analyze them from two complementary perspectives--epistemic and pedagogical--drawing on Toulmin's notion of…

Descriptors: Grade 8, Secondary School Mathematics, Inquiry, Mathematical Logic

Geiger, Vince; Margolinas, Claire; Sträßer, Rudolph – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

This is a response to the collection of communications in 37(1), two of which cited Vince and Rudolf's article in 35(3). Vince and Rudolf have have been joined here by Claire Margolinas in order to provide a complementary (French) perspective to their Australian and German outlooks on this topic. The comments of the three of us can be grouped into…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational Research, Multilingualism

Ahl, Linda; Koljonen, Tuula; Helenius, Ola – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

By combining linguistic analysis with metaphors for mediating between a body of knowledge and teaching practice, we exemplify curriculum developers' voices in teacher guides. We discuss two types of voices, that of the Expert, who talks through the teacher and restricts the pedagogical agency of the teacher, and that of the Philosopher, who speaks…

Descriptors: Teaching Guides, Curriculum Development, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Linguistics

di Martino, Pietro; Baccaglini-Frank, Anna – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

In this article, we discuss the potential of a critical approach to standardized tests and their results. In particular, we explore and discuss this potential not only for the assessment of students' mathematical competence, but also for teachers' professional development. We identify and describe two kinds of potential: the Informational…

Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Mathematics Tests, Faculty Development, Evaluation Utilization

Mamolo, Ami – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

This story is a playful retelling of ideas related to infinity. Presented as a historical fiction, the story reflects the thinking of research participants who addressed the ping pong ball conundrum, and where indicated, the individuals who contributed to modern formal understandings of infinity. This story offers a way of engaging with questions,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Context Effect, Concept Formation

Gascón, Josep; Nicolás, Pedro – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

Value judgments, prescriptions and proscriptions concerning instructional proposals seem to be very frequent in works in Didactics (papers, communications,…). In this paper we tackle the question of whether claims of this kind are legitimate. In few words, we wonder whether didactics can say how to teach. For that, we analyse and compare the…

Descriptors: Value Judgment, Scientific Principles, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

Heyd-Metzuyanim, Einhat – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017

This theoretical paper suggests identity as a nexus of research on affect and discourse in mathematical learning. It broadens Sfard and Prusak's (2005) discursive definition of identity by building on an analytical framework that examines positioning of students at three levels: the objects described, the interactions achieved, and the alignment…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Identification (Psychology), Grade 7, Problem Solving