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The role of appropriation in guided reinvention: establishing and preserving devolved authority with low-attaining students

Solomon, Yvette and Hough, Susan and Gough, Stephen (2020) The role of appropriation in guided reinvention: establishing and preserving devolved authority with low-attaining students. Educational Studies in Mathematics: an international journal. ISSN 0013-1954

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Abstract

Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) relies on the pedagogy of guided reinvention, in which opportunities for learning are created through the teacher’s orchestration of whole-class mathematical discussion towards a specific goal. However, introducing an RME approach to students who are accustomed to traditional teaching requires a substantial shift in roles, particularly with respect to the devolution of authority from teacher to student. In this study, we worked with low-attaining students, implementing RME to improve understanding of fractions. The analysis highlights how the introduction of guided reinvention is supported by extended wait time and teacher neutrality, but also by teachers’ appropriation of student strategies as a basis for supporting shared authority in the joint construction of mathematical ideas. The article considers the relationship between guided reinvention, appropriation and student agency.

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