Cooperation and collaboration as zones of proximal development within the mathematics classroom
2010 (English)In: Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk, ISSN 1104-2176, Vol. 15, no 2, 49-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Beyond understanding the Vygotskian construct of zone of proximal development or ZPD with reference to an individual student, this paper explores the formation of ZPD within the pedagogical constructs of cooperation, wherein students cooperate with each other within their groups; as well as collaboration, wherein students from different groups that constitute the classroom collaborate with each other. Identified on the basis of functions that are in the process of maturing, the formation of either ZPD is exemplified from a socio-cultural-historical study at an upper secondary mathematics classroom in Norway. An emphasis on what distinguishes events in instruction that are educational from those that are not is also explored, before illustrating what nature of ZPD is established. The role of guidance received, imitation and cultural resources in the development of higher mental functions is understood as these ZPD are formed, enabling students to act independently within the classroom teaching-learning of mathematics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: NOMAD , 2010. Vol. 15, no 2, 49-68 p.
Research subject didactics of mathematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36542OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-36542DiVA: diva2:354640