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dc.contributor.authorRicks, Thomas Earl
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:47:30Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:47:30Z
dc.date.issued2007-08
dc.identifier.otherricks_thomas_e_200708_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/ricks_thomas_e_200708_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24264
dc.description.abstractIn this study, I investigated three middle school mathematics classrooms from the complex perspective, a theoretical framework that redefines classrooms as potentially complex phenomena. A mathematics class can become a learning system when individual students form a collective mathematizing entity. Such entities parallel the type of communities mathematicians learn and work in. This perspective suggests that student learning can be augmented by attending more closely to cognizing classroom collectives. Questions abound, however, about how such complex entities emerge and are sustained. I selected and studied three classroom episodes that demonstrated complex formation through fine-grained videotape analysis. My study demonstrated the existence of mathematizing complex systems that jointly created mathematics and regulated themselvesÐÐall at the class level. I describe a variety of underlying principles for teacher action that provided for the emergence of mathematizing complex systems in these classes, although the method of each varied. Such research can help teachers and teacher educators augment individual learning in their own mathematics classrooms by occasioning similar collective behavior.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAdaptability
dc.subjectClassroom discourse
dc.subjectComplexity theory
dc.subjectEmergence
dc.subjectMathematics
dc.subjectMathematics education
dc.subjectMiddle school education
dc.subjectPhilosophy of mathematics
dc.subjectQualitative research
dc.subjectSelf-regulation
dc.subjectVideography
dc.titleThe mathematics class as a mathematizing complex system
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentMathematics and Science Education
dc.description.majorMathematics Education
dc.description.advisorJeremy Kilpatrick
dc.description.committeeJeremy Kilpatrick
dc.description.committeeAndrew Izsak
dc.description.committeePaola Sztajn


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