Colen and Colen Publish Paper on Math Talk

Posted on 11/16/2015 12:51:07 PM

Jung Colen of the Developmental Studies Department and Yong S. Colen of the Mathematics Department, along with the co-author, Jinho Kim (Daegu National University of Education), publish a paper titled "Elementary School Teachers Facilitation of Math Talk" in the fall issue of the Proceedings of the Jangjeon Mathematical Society in South Korea.

The paper presents an ethnographical approach to documenting two elementary school teachers math talk move facilitation. The vignettes of the classroom discussions between the students and teachers depict how they used the math talk move to interconnect mathematical concepts.

Math Talk Moves afford a community of learners frequent opportunities to articulate their mathematical thinking and to assess their peers' conjectures and conclusions. The presented moves are not unguided, aimless discourses. Rather, the moves serve as an instructional tool to probe for student understanding and to scaffold their mathematical learning.