The collaboration of mathematically gifted students on challenging tasks

Diezmann, Carmel M. & Watters, James J. (2001) The collaboration of mathematically gifted students on challenging tasks. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 25(1), pp. 7-31.


This study explored the collaboration of mathematically gifted children aged 11-12 years in solving complex novel problems by examining the student’s preferences for collaboration in relation to the difficulty of the task being undertaken. Using a qualitative methodology we show that there is a relationship between the complexity of the task and the extent and type of collaborative interactions in which students engaged. Collaboration was preferred only when the task was sufficiently challenging. However, in the context where collaboration was encouraged and students took advantage of working with peers, there was the development of mutual scaffolding, shared cognition, critical thinking, and the ability to discern and monitor goal states for the problems. The implications of this study for the education of mathematically gifted students are discussed.

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ID Code: 1646
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0162-3532
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Prufrock Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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