The Relationship Between Mathematical Discourse and the Curriculum Creating Process in the Elementary Classroom: A Case Study

The Relationship Between Mathematical Discourse and the Curriculum Creating Process in the Elementary Classroom: A Case Study

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One of the problems in mathematics education is to understand to what extend mathematical Discourse, which used by teachers and students in their classroom, associated with curriculum implementation. This case study is embedded in sociocultural perspective and framed by Gee's Discourse theory and Eisner's curriculum theory. Gee's theory attempts to integrate language, learning, and social practice, while Eisner's theory tells us that those who are involved in a curriculum practice must be imaginative, and the curriculum practice must be orchestrated by the involvers. Using these theoretical frameworks, the researcher observed one 6th grade elementary classroom using the Connected Math curriculum, which is considered one of the curricula that follows the reform idea of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers. The researcher found that there is a unidirectional relationship between mathematical Discourse and the curriculum creating process in this particular case. Specifically, first, Discourse manners students dominantly use in the mathematics classroom are directly related to students' concept capturing, second, Discourse patterns the teacher and students dominantly use in the classroom are directly associated with mathematics content judgments and curriculum negotiations. Finally, Discourse recognition is directly associated with curriculum initiation.One of the problems in mathematics education is to understand to what extend mathematical Discourse, which used by teachers and students in their classroom, associated with curriculum implementation.


Title:The Relationship Between Mathematical Discourse and the Curriculum Creating Process in the Elementary Classroom: A Case Study
Author: Davaasuren Munkhjargal
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006
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