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Author:Deborah Ball; Math Forum
Description: Deborah Ball of Michigan State University teaches math education in the College of Education and as part of her research offers a math class in a local elementary school. In this 1987 article she examines the challenge of creating classroom practices for third graders of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds in the spirit of current reform, with ideals involving student engagement in authentic tasks. Using her own elementary school mathematics classroom, the author presents three dilemmas - of content, discourse, and community - that arise in trying to teach in ways that are "intellectually honest." Ball frames and responds to these dilemmas, providing a view of underlying pedagogical complexities and the conditions needed in order to work toward current educational visions. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.

Levels: Elementary
Languages: English
Resource Types: Discussion Archives, Articles
Math Ed Topics: Grouping/Cooperative Learning, Pedagogical Research

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