Dialogic practices in the mathematics classroom

Catherine Attard, Christine Edwards-Groves, Peter Grootenboer

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Teaching mathematics involves a lot of talking, and dialogic practices are central to most pedagogical practices in mathematics classrooms. Furthermore, for mathematical processes such as ‘reasoning’, ‘explaining’ and ‘mathematical thinking’ to be developed, there is a need for rich and robust dialogic interactions in the classroom. In this paper we investigate the dialogue in a typical Year 5 mathematics lesson by analysing the transcript using two different analytical frameworks. While the analysis showed that there were many interactions with nearly half being student turns, it was also evident that almost all the exchanges followed an Initiation-Response-Feedback pattern, with a high degree of teacher control. Furthermore, there was little evidence that the dialogic pedagogies of the lesson promoted student development in the mathematical processes. Thus, we content that there is a need to understand the dialogue of mathematics pedagogy, and its impact on students’ broader mathematical learning
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Waves, Opening Spaces
EditorsJ Hunter, P Perger, L Darragh
Place of PublicationAuckland
PublisherThe Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781920846282
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2018
Event41st Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2018 - Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 01 Jul 201805 Jul 2018


Conference41st Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleMaking Waves, Opening Spaces
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
OtherHeld by the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA 41 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand at Massey University.
This event is jointly hosted with the University of Auckland and the conference will be held from the 1st of July until the 5th of July.
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