Spontaneous student questions : informing pedagogy to promote creative mathematical thinking

Williams, Gaye 2009, Spontaneous student questions : informing pedagogy to promote creative mathematical thinking, in PME 2009 : Proceedings of 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, PME, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp. 5-345-5-352.

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Title Spontaneous student questions : informing pedagogy to promote creative mathematical thinking
Author(s) Williams, Gaye
Conference name International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (33rd : 2009 : Thessaloniki, Greece)
Conference location Thessaloniki, Greece
Conference dates 19 – 24 July 2009
Title of proceedings PME 2009 : Proceedings of 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Editor(s) Tzekaki, Marianna
Kaldrimidou, Maria
Sakonidis, Haralambos
Publication date 2009
Conference series International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference
Start page 5-345
End page 5-352
Publisher PME
Place of publication Thessaloniki, Greece
Summary The questions students asked themselves, or their group, whilst collaboratively constructing new mathematical knowledge are examined in data drawn from three studies (upper elementary, lower secondary, and upper secondary students).  Lesson video of group interactions and post-lesson video-stimulated interviews captured student talk in groups, and group discussion in whole class settings.  It was found that students tended to structure to structure further exploratory activity by spontaneously formulating queestions that were not specific to the mathematics within the task at hand but that helped to explore this mathematics.  It is argued that these types of questions could be adapted for use by teachers to support the development of creative mathematical thinking where students or groups are not yet asking such questions.
ISBN 9789602436523
ISSN 0771-100X
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, PME
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022982

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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