The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #8/2008

Classroom Practice: Challenging mathematics classroom practices.

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana

(with G.Stillman, C.Kwok-cheung, R.Mason, L.Sheffield & K. Ueno)


Abstract

In this chapter we examine classroom practice issues related to teachers providing mathematical challenges in their everyday classrooms. We examine how challenging mathematics can become the essence of mathematics classrooms, how challenging mathematics can be designed for the everyday classroom and how classroom artefacts and practices can be designed for mathematical challenges. Finally, the question of suitable research designs for research into classroom practices associated with the use of challenging mathematics in everyday classrooms is addressed and illustrated.

Keywords: Classroom practice; Discovery learning; Mathematical challenges; Mathematical Structures; International initiatives in mathematical challenges

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Preprint of chapter to appear in E. Barbeau & P. Taylor (Eds), ICMI Study 16 Study, Volume on Mathematical Challenges, Springer Science & Business