Contingency in the Mathematics Classroom:Opportunities Taken and Opportunities Missed

Rowland, Tim and Zazkis, Rina (2013) Contingency in the Mathematics Classroom:Opportunities Taken and Opportunities Missed. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 13 (2). pp. 137-153. ISSN 1492-6156

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Abstract

We describe and analyze three episodes from mathematics classrooms. In each case, the teacher was confronted by a "contingent" situation that they had not anticipated or planned for yet that offered interesting and fruitful learning possibilities if pursued. In two cases, we analyze the teacher's response; in the third, we speculate how they might have responded. In each case, we propose that the teacher's ability to capitalize on these contingent situations is underpinned by their knowledge and awareness of the mathematical potential of the unexpected opportunity and by an interest in, and commitment to, mathematical enquiry.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 14:32
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44661
DOI: 10.1080/14926156.2013.784825

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