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Understanding immigrant students’ transitions as mathematical learners from a dialogical self perspective.

Crafter, Sarah and de Abreu, Guida and Prat, Montserrat and Gorgorio, Nuria (2013) Understanding immigrant students’ transitions as mathematical learners from a dialogical self perspective. In: European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction, 2013-08-27 - 2013-08-31, Munich. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Using dialogical self “I positions” as a conceptual and methodological tool, in this paper we examine the ruptures an immigrant student experienced in the transition across school mathematical practices from one country to another. We use a case study approach to explore changes in mathematics identity positions, when an established identity position - in this case the “I as a good mathematics student” -, is under threat. We first examine the student descriptions of “I-positions” that reflected a rupture to the self. Then we examine the “I-positions” involved in coming to grips with a new and unfamiliar sense of self (e.g. being no longer good at mathematics) that tries to provide the self with explanations for the change. This involves three specific dialogical self strategies: withdrawing of self, suspending of the self, and a ‘letting go’ of the old mathematical self. This process also meant the student had to engage with a distinct change to their imagined future, as the imagined “I-position” as studying a scientific subject at University became uncertain. We conclude that the transition process involved dialogical self work to restore some continuity in the self. Of crucial importance for school practice, the reflections of the student show that in immigrant transitions “time” impacts on the dialogical self work. As he stresses that in the early stages of the transition the key others (teachers and colleagues) are unknown to the self, and that significant others (parents and teachers) can play a role on the impact of time by becoming aware of its impact.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 16:41
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