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From problem posing to posing problems via explicit mediation in Grades 4 and 5
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. The Graduate Centre, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA.
Berghemskolan, Umeå.
2015 (English)In: Mathematical Problem Posing: From Research to Effective Practice / [ed] Florence Mihaela Singer, Nerida F. Ellerton, Jinfa Cai, New York: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015, 195-213 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Drawing upon cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) perspectives,in this chapter we portray a classroom practice of problem posing that evolved with a cohort of students across Grades 4 and 5 in Sweden. In line with a language and literacy pedagogy, the classroom practice in which students utilised textbook vocabulary handed out on slips of paper (lappar in Swedish) advanced through three distinct stages namely: formulating written questions, problem posing as dyads and actively posing problems to one another. Mediated explicitly by lappar, such a practice provided social and public opportunities for students to attribute personal meaning and make conscious use of words in semiotic activity, as well as appropriate cultural meaning and valid norms of use. The increasing gain and display of agency by students in this practice, informed by student(s)-acting-with-lappar-as-mediational-means as unit of analysis, was indicative of their self-regulation, volition and independence. Developmental in approach, such classroom practice was born through teacher–researcher collaboration.

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New York: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015. 195-213 p.
, Research in Mathematics Education
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Other Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102492DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6258-3_9ISBN: 978-1-4614-6257-6ISBN: 978-1-4614-6258-3OAI: diva2:838829
Problem-posing and problem-solving at grades five and six
Available from: 2015-07-01 Created: 2015-04-27 Last updated: 2016-03-31Bibliographically approved

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