Scaffolding students’ thinking in mathematical investigations

McCosker, Natalie & Diezmann, Carmel M. (2009) Scaffolding students’ thinking in mathematical investigations. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 14(3), pp. 27-32.

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This article describes some of the issues that teachers might encounter when scaffolding students’ thinking during mathematical investigations. It describes four episodes where a teacher’s scaffolding failed to support students’ mathematical thinking and explores the reasons why the scaffolding was ineffective. Understanding what is ineffective and why is one way to improve pedagogical practice. As a background to these episodes, we first provide an overview of the mathematical investigation. Our paper concludes with some recommendations for judicious scaffolding during investigations.

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ID Code: 28982
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mathematics, Numeracy, Investigations, Scaffolding, Children's Literature
ISSN: 1326-0286
Subjects: 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 2009 Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2009 00:08
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:58

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