Teacher support for collective argumentation: A framework for examining how teachers support students’ engagement in mathematical activities
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- Conner, A., Singletary, L.M., Smith, R.C. et al. Educ Stud Math (2014) 86: 401. doi:10.1007/s10649-014-9532-8
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We propose a framework for examining how teachers may support collective argumentation in secondary mathematics classrooms, including teachers’ direct contributions to arguments, the kinds of questions teachers ask, and teachers’ other supportive actions. We illustrate our framework with examples from episodes of collective argumentation occurring across 2 days in a teacher’s classroom. Following from these examples, we discuss how the framework can be used to examine mathematical aspects of conversations in mathematics classrooms. We propose that the framework is useful for investigating and possibly enhancing how teachers support students’ reasoning and argumentation as fundamentally mathematical activities.