Mathematical sense-making through learner choice

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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.




Biccard, P. (2018). Mathematical sense-making through learner choice. Pythagoras, 39(1).

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