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Rival Classroom Discourses and Inquiry Mathematics: 'the Whisperers'

Houssart, Jenny (2001) Rival Classroom Discourses and Inquiry Mathematics: 'the Whisperers'. For the Learning of Mathematics, 21 (3). pp. 2-8. ISSN 0228-0671. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: Primary Mathematics. The data for this article was collected over a year using an ethnographic approach. Weekly visits were made to a classroom containing 9-10 year-olds considered to be low attainers in mathematics. For this article analysis was carried out using the framework put forward by Richards (1991) who identifies domains of discourse associated with different mathematical cultures. Findings suggest that a group of boys known as the ‘whisperers’ used discourse associated with inquiry mathematics whereas the teacher used the discourse of school mathematics. The whisperers demonstrated an understanding of mathematics and behaved in a way associated with successful mathematicians and yet were unsuccessful in this classroom. The article was published as lead article in an international refereed mathematics education journal based in Canada. Reference Richards, J. (1991) ‘Mathematical discussions’, in E. von Glasersfeld (ed) Radical Constructivism in Mathematics Education, Dordrecht, Kluwer Acadmic Publishers, 13-51.
Controlled Keywords: 5 - 10, UK, Primary school, Pupil Behaviour
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 12:09
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:19
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