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Zakaryan, Diana; Ribeiro, Miguel – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Recognising teachers' knowledge as one of the main factors influencing their practices and student learning, we aim to contribute to obtaining a better and deeper understanding of the specificities of teachers' mathematical knowledge. A case study involving one 8th-grade Chilean mathematics teacher is presented in the context of rational numbers.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Video Technology

MacDonald, Beth L.; Wilkins, Jesse L. M. – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Subitising, a quick apprehension of the numerosity of a small set of items, has been found to change from an individual's reliance on perceptual to conceptual processes. In this study, we utilised a constructivist teaching experiment methodology to investigate how the subitising activity of one preschool student, Amy, related to her construction…

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Number Concepts, Preschool Children, Computation

Hilton, John; Larsen, Ross; Wiley, David; Fischer, Lane – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Open Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to replace commercial learning materials in education. An empirical examination of this potential was conducted, comparing the end-of-year mathematics test results of 12,110 elementary school students clustered within 95 schools from five school districts in the state of Washington in the United…

Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement, Elementary School Students

Al-Murani, Thabit; Kilhamn, Cecilia; Morgan, Debbie; Watson, Anne – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

We demonstrate the power of Variation Theory as an analytical tool used to understand the underlying conceptual structure of mathematics lessons taught by English primary school teachers. We study excerpts of three lessons that are posted on a professional website. We show how lesson analysis using variation allows us to focus on what is made…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Web Sites

Rasmussen, Klaus; Isoda, Masami – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

This paper deals with the nature of teaching mathematical thinking and presents a case study of a single Japanese lesson where the characteristics of mathematical thinking and the teaching thereof are identified in relation to multiplication. The raison d'être for this teaching is questioned and investigated by looking at how multiplication is…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students

Ryan, Ulrika; Parra, Aldo – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Recently the prevailing language-as-resource metaphor has been problematised and theorised. Using the philosophical theory of inferentialism, we trace an epistemological dimension of multilingualism in mathematics education and add it to the current language-as-resource discussions. With data from two different settings--a mathematics classroom in…

Descriptors: Epistemology, Multilingualism, Mathematics Education, Indigenous Populations

I, Ji Yeong; de Araujo, Zandra – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Implementing challenging mathematics tasks with multilingual students who are not yet fluent in the instructional language is difficult for monolingual teachers because of the linguistic and cultural differences between the teacher and students. In this study, we examined how monolingual preservice teachers set up cognitively demanding mathematics…

Descriptors: Monolingualism, Preservice Teachers, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level

Barwell, Richard – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

This article presents the results of an analysis of ethnographic data collected in three second language mathematics classrooms in Canada. The elementary school classes consisted of a group of indigenous students, a group of new immigrant students and a class in a French immersion programme. The focus of the analysis was on the sources of meaning…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics

Assaf, Fatima; Graves, Barbara – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Drawing on sociocultural theories, this study considers the multiple resources multilingual children use to communicate mathematically. We engaged with three children and a parent, in order to understand how multilingual children express their mathematical reasoning. The family was given a mathematical problem solving activity designed to…

Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Learning Theories, Multilingualism, Mathematics Instruction

Prediger, Susanne; Kuzu, Taha; Schüler-Meyer, Alexander; Wagner, Jonas – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

International comparisons of languages have shown how mathematical concepts can be expressed and conceptualised in different languages. For multilingual students, these findings raise the question of how the interplay of languages and conceptualisations shape multilingual learning processes. This paper presents an investigation of case studies of…

Descriptors: Multilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Edmonds-Wathen, Cris – Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Researching how mathematical expression varies in different languages requires methodologies which allow investigation of languages on their own terms and the presentation of mathematical data in multiple languages. Perspectives and tools from linguistics can assist in identifying and describing mathematical expression in varied languages,…

Descriptors: Mathematical Linguistics, Mathematical Formulas, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries

Hoogland, Kees; Pepin, Birgit; de Koning, Jaap; Bakker, Arthur; Gravemeijer, Koeno – Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

This article reports on a "post hoc" study using a randomised controlled trial with 31,842 students in the Netherlands and an instrument consisting of 21 paired problems. The trial showed a variability in the differences of students' results in solving contextual mathematical problems with either a descriptive or a depictive…

Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries

Alderton, Julie; Gifford, Sue – Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

This article draws on Foucault's concepts of power and discourse to explore the issues of teaching mathematics to low attainers in primary schools in England. We analyse a data set of interviews, from a larger study, with the mathematics teachers of one child across three years, showing how accountability practices, discourses of ability and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Low Achievement, Academic Ability, Inclusion

Polotskaia, Elena; Savard, Annie – Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

Pupils' difficulties in solving word problems continue to attract attention: while researchers highlight the importance of relational reasoning and modelling, school curricula typically use short word problems to develop pupils' knowledge of arithmetic operations and calculation strategies. The Relational Paradigm attributes the leading role in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Grade 2, Experimental Groups

Abtahi, Yasmine – Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

In this article, I use the Vygotskian concept of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) to examine the learning experience of two grade seven pupils as they attempted to solve an addition of fractions problem using fraction strips. The aim is to highlight how tools can facilitate the enactment of a ZPD, within which the tool provides the guidance.…

Descriptors: Learning Experience, Grade 7, Fractions, Problem Solving