Mathematical sense-making through learner choice

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Abstract

This article explores a conceptual relationship between learner choice and mathematical sensemaking. It argues that when learners can exercise choice in their mathematical activities, mathematical sense-making can be enhanced. The literature around mathematical modelling suggests a link between sense-making and learner choice. A three-tiered conceptual analysis allowed 'purposiveness to thinking' from the author through engagement with selected literature. Research questions related to a three-tiered analysis: generic, context-specific, and conditional accounts of sense-making in mathematics classrooms were formulated. The analysis resulted in a framework showing how sense-making may be constrained or enhanced in mathematics classrooms through learner choice. This article may add to our holistic understanding of sense-making in mathematics classrooms. It may contribute to mathematics teacher education by proposing that teachers are resourced to facilitate learners' conceptual and procedural choice in primary or secondary mathematics classrooms.

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Biccard, P. (2018). Mathematical sense-making through learner choice. Pythagoras, 39(1). https://doi.org/10.4102/pythagoras.v39i1.424

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