Participation and Non-Participation in Mathematics Classrooms

Ewing, Bronwyn F. (2007) Participation and Non-Participation in Mathematics Classrooms. In Pugalee, David, Rogerson, Alan, & Schinck, Amelie (Eds.) Ninth International Conference : The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project, September 7-12 2007, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina.


Active student engagement in mathematics is promoted in several contemporary policy documents. Recent international reports (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD]) and national, (Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs [DETYA], 2001) emphasised the need to improve mathematics teaching with a focus on learning and participation. The mathematics results from the Program for International Student Assessment [PISA] 2003 (OECD, 2004) the practices utilised in schools had a "substantial" (p. 26) effect on student learning and participation in mathematics. To understand how the practices affect student learning and participation, this paper discusses the use of critical discourse theory and a social theory of learning. In doing so, the important elements of these theories, that is, discourse, discursive practice, and subject position, have been linked to identity, participation and non-participation in classrooms. This articulation serves as a framework for understanding the complexity of practices in mathematics classrooms. It also serves as the platform to further understand the practices influential to participation and non-participation in and from such learning communities. The paper draws on several accounts from a larger study of students’ accounts of their experiences of learning mathematics. At the time, the students were enrolled in a Youth Reconnected Program. This program was designed to re-engage students with education.

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ID Code: 14354
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: secondary mathematics education, vocational mathematics education, participation in mathematics learning, student engagement in mathematics learning
ISBN: 8391946584
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:45

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