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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Aleksey Zelenberg.

Title:Paper: The rise and run of a computational understanding of slope in a conceptually focused bilingual algebra class
Seminar:Teaching Mathematics Discussion Group Seminar
Speaker:Atendees, Penn State
Abstract Link:
Note: To access the article for free from the above link, you will need to sign in at the top of the page using your PSU Access ID. This week, we will be discussing the paper linked above. Abstract: This paper uses a multilevel analysis of mathematical reasoning rooted in Cultural Historical Activity Theory to examine how mathematical discourse and student reasoning about linear functions developed across 3 weeks in a ninth grade bilingual algebra class. Despite the teacher’s expertise teaching with a conceptual focus, and her stated intention to focus on slope as a rate of change, the case study students in her class appeared to appropriate a procedural understanding of slope. By examining the nested activity systems of the students’ group discussions, the classroom, school, and district, this analysis shows how external assessment pressures shaped the teacher’s selection of tasks, her and her students’ use of mathematical discourse, and ultimately, her students’ opportunity to learn a critical algebraic concept.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB216
Date:02 / 17 / 2015
Time:12:20pm - 01:10pm