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Lobato, Joanne; Rhodehamel, Bohdan; Hohensee, Charles – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
As transfer researchers have begun to investigate a broader range of phenomena, they have correspondingly put forward new processes to provide explanatory accounts for the occurrence of transfer. This move coincides with a call to acknowledge the contribution of social interactions, language, cultural artifacts, and normed practices to the…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Mathematics Instruction, Cognitive Processes, Interpersonal Communication
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Alibali, Martha W.; Nathan, Mitchell J. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
Gestures are often taken as evidence that the body is involved in thinking and speaking about the ideas expressed in those gestures. In this article, we present evidence drawn from teachers' and learners' gestures to make the case that mathematical knowledge is embodied. We argue that mathematical cognition is embodied in 2 key senses: It is based…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Physical Environment, Mathematics Instruction
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Enyedy, Noel; Mukhopadhyay, Shiuli – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2007
This article describes data from the Community Mapping Project, a set of statistical activities and inquiry projects within a summer seminar for high school students. In designing the Community Mapping Project, we attempted to create conditions under which urban students themselves would come to recognize how mathematics is relevant to their lives…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Urban Schools, High School Students, High Schools
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Seymour, Jennifer R.; Lehrer, Richard – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2006
For this article, the development of 1 teacher's pedagogical content knowledge (Shulman, 1986) was tracked longitudinally across 2 years as she taught a new instructional unit in middle school mathematics. Growth in pedagogical content knowledge is characterized as the interanimation of 2 Discourses (Gee, 1999). One Discourse refers to…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Student Development, Heuristics, Mathematics Instruction
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Jurow, A. Susan – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2005
Project-based curricula have the potential to engage students' interests. But how do students become interested in the goals of a project? This article documents how a group of 8th-grade students participated in an architectural design project called the Antarctica Project. The project is based on the imaginary premise that students need to design…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Building Design