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The nature and role of common ground in the learning of mathematics in small-group discussions
Institutionen för matematikdidaktik (MD), Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, Sweden. (Matematikdidaktik)
School of Education, Culture, and Communication, Mälardalen University, Växjö, Sweden . (Matematikdidaktik)
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 58, no 5, p. 609-623Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the nature and role of common ground in group learning of mathematics by means of the analytical constructs of focal projects and contextualization. The analysis investigates two students (12-13 years old) playing a dice game, where their task is to distribute a set of markers based on the total of two dice. The analysis shows how consistency between the students' focal projects became crucial in their progression from a uniform to a non-uniform distribution of the markers used in the game. The task system and concrete manipulatives became important in furthering the students' explorations. In the frame of a frequency context, we also discuss how a contextualization may restrict certain aspects of probability from coming into play during such explorations.

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2014. Vol. 58, no 5, p. 609-623
Keywords [en]
common ground; contextualization; focal project; probability learning; small-group collaboration
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Didactics
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Mathematics, Mathematical Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43119DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2013.821087ISI: 000340453100007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905584771OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43119DiVA, id: diva2:794489
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