If a quarter crashes, so it dies: Children's meaning making in mathematics lessons

Troels Lange, Tamsin Meaney

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Abstract

In this chapter, we present extracts from two classrooms in Denmark and New Zealand and discuss how the children made sense of mathematics activities. From a premise that children were constantly involved in meaning making, we explore how the ways, which mathematics activities were constituted, influenced the meaning that children ascribed to them. We widen the discussion to look at whether information about children's backgrounds obscures or enlightens our understanding, as researchers, of this meaning making process. In understanding the children's ascription of meaning to mathematical activities, we conclude that what is important is how children enact their agency, as a consequence of interpreting past, present and future activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe First Sourcebook on Nordic Research in Mathematics Education
EditorsLenni Haapasalo Lenni Haapasalo
Place of PublicationMissoula, MT
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Pages683-700
Number of pages18
Edition49
ISBN (Print)9781617350986
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Lange, T., & Meaney, T. (2010). If a quarter crashes, so it dies: Children's meaning making in mathematics lessons. In L. H. L. Haapasalo (Ed.), The First Sourcebook on Nordic Research in Mathematics Education (49 ed., pp. 683-700). Information Age Publishing.