Differing notions of responsive teaching across mathematics and science: Does the discipline matter?

Andrew Elby, Jennifer Leigh Richards, Janet Walkoe, Ayush Gupta, Rosemary Russ, Melissa Luna, Amy Robertson, Janet E. Coffey, Ann R. Edwards, Miriam G Sherin, Elizabeth A. Van Es

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Research in science and mathematics education suggests that the pedagogical practice of responsive teaching-teaching that notices, attends and responds to the substance (not merely the correctness) of students' thinking-supports student engagement in disciplinary practices. However, researchers in science education and researchers in mathematics education have tended to conceptualize "teacher responsiveness" differently. This structured poster session brings together researchers of teacher responsiveness in mathematics and science to begin hashing out, with each other and with attendees, the reasons for these differences. Do the different notions of responsiveness stem from epistemological differences between mathematics and science? From differences in the knowledge bases about student thinking in science vs. mathematics? This session will frame and initiate ongoing discussions of these issues, which are central to work on teacher cognition and practices in the context of teacher professional development-the focus of a growing number of learning scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1406-1415
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2014
Event11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning and Becoming in Practice, ICLS 2014 - Boulder, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 27 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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