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Connecting engagement and focus in pedagogic task design

Ainley, Janet and Hansen, Alice and Pratt, Dave (2006) Connecting engagement and focus in pedagogic task design. British Educational Research Journal, 32 (1). pp. 23-38. ISSN 0141-1926

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Additional Information: In the light of this publication in an international peer-reviewed journal, Ainley and Pratt were successful in coordinating a research forum at the Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. In this paper, Ainley and Pratt reflect on many years of collaborative research to abstract two principles. The notions of purpose and utility are proposed as new theoretical constructs. Purpose on the one hand is conceived of as a design construct drawn upon to generate engagement in the task in question. Utility on the other hand is seen as an element of understanding, a third dimension alongside Skemp’s notions of relational and instrumental understanding. Utility relates closely to some interpretations of functional mathematics and so is likely to become of increasing relevance of mathematics education in the coming years.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
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Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2009 12:58
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:54
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/152
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