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Connecting Research to Teaching
Connecting Research to Teaching: Making the Right (Discourse) Moves: Facilitating Discussions in the Mathematics Classroom

G. Springer, Thomas Dick 

September 2006, Volume 100, Issue 2, Page 105

Abstract:
The topic of mathematics discussions is the focus of this issue’s Connecting Research to Teaching. The author describes a detailed metaphor relating classroom discussions to dancing. Connecting Research to Teaching aims to bridge the gap between research and practice by describing current research and then demonstrating its importance and applicability to practicing classroom teachers. This department presents information to help teachers understand students’ conceptions or misconceptions of important ideas, consider various approaches to teaching, and offer activities that probe students’ understanding.  Connecting Research to Teaching is devoted to articles that bring research insights and findings to an audience of teachers and other mathematics educators (supervisors, professional developers, and teacher educators), and is a regular department of Mathematics Teacher.

Keywords:
Article
Communication
Higher Education
Grades 9-12
Teacher
Professional Development / Teacher Education