Scaffolding in Mathematics Education
Scaffolding is generally conceived as an interactional process between a person with educational intentions and a learner, aiming to support this learner’s learning process by giving appropriate and temporary help. Scaffolding in mathematics education is the enactment of this purposive interaction for the learning of mathematical actions and problem solving strategies.
Scaffolding is an intentional support system based on purposive interactions with more competent others, which can be adults or peers; the support can be individualized (one teacher scaffolding one student) or collective (a group scaffolding its members in a distributed way).
The support consists of employing instructional means that are supposed to help learners with the accomplishment of a new (mathematical) task by assisting him/her to carry out the required...
KeywordsSupport system Help Zone of proximal development Educative strategy
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