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Author Shein, Paichi Pat
Title An elementary mathematics teacher's use of discourse practices in supporting English learner students in classroom repair
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Descript 125 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 70-11, Section: A, page: 4220
Adviser: Megan L. Franke
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
In this dissertation, I study a teacher's use of discourse practices to organize repair and create opportunities for student participation. One urban 5th grade mathematics classroom was observed during a nine-day mathematics unit. The data sources included videotaped classroom observations, students' educational background information, instructional materials, and student work. The analysis of the relationship between the teacher's discourse practices and student participation was framed within a sociocultural learning context, taking into account the curricular, normative, structural, and spatial dimensions of classroom discourse. Layering upon this situated perspective was a relational stance to investigate how the teacher's discourse practices of questioning, revoicing, and gesturing supported one another and affected the purpose, nature, and function of teacher discourse. Thus, it was with both a situated and relational view of the data that I was able to gain a holistic understanding of the community of practice (Wenger, 1998). The findings detail the complex way in which discourse practices afforded opportunities for students to struggle with key mathematical ideas, reconstruct their understandings, and eventually self-correct their trouble sources. Applying a multidimensional approach to examine instructional strategies reveals more inclusive and integrative methods to meet the academic needs of EL students. Through capitalizing their strengths, EL students can be effectively socialized to competence and confidence. The study advances the mathematics education field by illustrating how equity can be addressed at the interactional level of classroom processes
School code: 0031
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 70-11A
Subject Education, Mathematics
Education, Bilingual and Multicultural
Education, Elementary
Alt Author University of California, Los Angeles
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