The central role of the teacher - even in student centred pedagogies

Geoffrey Wake, O Figueras (Editor), S Alatorre (Editor), T Rojano (Editor), A Sepulveda (Editor)

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Abstract

We describe a case study of an unusually ???student-centred??? mathematics teacher whose students construct unusual ??? and positive ??? mathematical dispositions and identities. We draw on a self-report ???teacher-centred pedagogic practices??? scale, interview and classroom lesson analyses to identify her pedagogic practice and her reflections on these. Our analysis distinguishes ???mathematical??? and ???social??? strands in her narrative within lessons which ensure that whilst her practices are found to be engaging and ensure agency and choice she maintains firm control over the ???mathematical narrative???. In this sense her practice appears contradictory: Activity Theory suggests this as an objective contradiction between the learners??? knowledge and the mathematical reformulation of it that the teacher mediates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Joint meeting of PME32 and PME-NA XXX
EditorsO Figueras, S Alatorre, T Rojano, A Sepulveda
Place of PublicationMexico: Cinestav
PublisherCentro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
EventJoint Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (32) and PME-North America XXX - Morelia, Mexico
Duration: 17 Jul 200821 Jul 2008

Conference

ConferenceJoint Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (32) and PME-North America XXX
CityMorelia, Mexico
Period17/07/0821/07/08

Keywords

  • Pedagogy, narrative, socio-cultural theory

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