Attributes of Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking that Are Worth Building on in Whole-Class Discussion

Laura R. Van Zoest, Shari L. Stockero, Keith R. Leatham, Blake E. Peterson, Napthalin A. Atanga, Mary A. Ochieng
2017 Mathematical Thinking and Learning  
This study investigated the attributes of 297 instances of student mathematical thinking during whole-class interactions that were identified as having the potential to foster learners' understanding of important mathematical ideas (MOSTs). Attributes included the form of the thinking (e.g., question vs. declarative statement), whether the thinking was based on earlier work or generated in-the-moment, the accuracy of the thinking, and the type of the thinking (e.g., sense making). Findings both
more » ... ing). Findings both illuminate the complexity of identifying student thinking worth building on during whole-class discussion and provide insight into important attributes of MOSTs that teachers can use to better recognize them. For example, 96% of MOSTs were of three types, making these three particularly salient types of student mathematical thinking for teachers to develop skills in recognizing.
doi:10.1080/10986065.2017.1259786 fatcat:53bcxf3uhbdk3imbmocsxdy5ee