Ilana Seidel Horn
Investigation of curriculum and instruction in mathematics at the secondary-school level; review of research and preparation of proposals.
When people compare the mathematics in various classrooms and schools, they often focus on the curriculum in use. However, empirical studies have shown that, while curriculum matters, classroom organization and discourse shape much of what students actually learn. In this course, we will examine ways of looking at discourse in mathematics classrooms as it relates to student learning. We will read seminal works in the study of discourse in the mathematics classroom, looking at multiple school contexts and across grade levels. In addition, we will watch video tapes of K-12 classrooms to apply the analytic tools from the readings. This seminar will be of interest to students pursuing studies in: mathematics education; classroom discourse; studies of learning through analysis of discourse; and equitable learning environments.
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