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Talking Mathematics in School
Studies of Teaching and Learning


Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

Magdalene Lampert, Mary Catherine O'Connor, Kay McLain, Paul Cobb, Rodney McNair, Reed Stevens, Rogers Hall, Peggy Rittenhouse, Merrie Blunk, Peri Weingrad, Deborah Hicks
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521174954

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  • The teaching and learning of mathematics in K-12 classrooms is changing. New curricula and methods engage learners in working on real problems. An essential feature of this work involves teacher and students in 'talking mathematics'. How can students learn to do this kind of talking? What can they learn from doing it? This book addresses these questions by looking at the processes of formulating problems, interpreting contexts in which problems arise, and arguing about the reasonableness of proposed solutions. The studies in this volume seek to retain the complexity of classroom practice rather than looking at it through a particular academic lens.

    • Brings together work in the field of mathematics education with work in sociolinguistics to create an integrated research framework
    • Examines teaching, learning and materials in several actual classrooms and work situations
    • Gives special attention to the role of teaching in producing and maintaining productive mathematical talk in the classroom
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521174954
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Magdelene Lampert
    Part I. Focusing on Doing and Learning Mathematical Talk:
    2. Language socialization in the mathematics classroom: discourse practices and mathematical thinking Mary Catherine O'Connor
    3. The role of imagery and discourse in supporting students' mathematical development May McLain
    4. Building a context for mathematical discussion Paul Cobb
    5. Disciplined perception: learning to see in technoscience Rodney McNair
    Part II. Focusing on Teaching Mathematical Talk
    6. Investigating teaching practice Reed Stevens
    7. The teacher's role in mathematical conversation: stepping in and stepping out Rogers Hall
    8. Teacher talk about how to talk in small groups Peggy Rittenhouse
    9. Teaching and learning politeness during mathematical argument in school Merrie Blunk
    10. Afterword: closing reflections on mathematical talk and mathematics teaching Perri Weingrad.

  • Editors

    Magdalene Lampert, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Merrie L. Blunk, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


    Magdalene Lampert, Mary Catherine O'Connor, Kay McLain, Paul Cobb, Rodney McNair, Reed Stevens, Rogers Hall, Peggy Rittenhouse, Merrie Blunk, Peri Weingrad, Deborah Hicks

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