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PNA, v11 n1 p34-52 2016

Research on the socio-political dimensions of language diversity in mathematics classrooms is under-theorised and largely focuses on language choice. These dimensions are, however, likely to influence mathematics classroom interaction in many other ways than participants' choice of language. To investigate these influences, I propose that the notions of heteroglossia, orders of indexicality and scale-jumping, can provide new theoretical tools with which to understand the links between classroom interaction and broader social patterns of marginalisation. To illustrate the utility of these ideas, I include some analysis of an episode observed in a sheltered elementary school second language mathematics classroom in Canada.

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Interaction, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Social Stratification, Second Language Learning, Elementary School Mathematics, Ethnography, Participant Observation

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Autor: Barwell, Richard


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