Illuminating and Advancing the Path for Mathematical Writing Research

Illuminating and Advancing the Path for Mathematical Writing Research

Release Date: November, 2023|Copyright: © 2024 |Pages: 389
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-6538-7
ISBN13: 9781668465387|ISBN10: 1668465388|EISBN13: 9781668465400
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Mathematical writing is essential for students’ math learning, but it’s often underutilized due to unclear guidelines. Mathematical writing is a mode of communication that provides teachers access to their students’ thinking and, importantly, offers students an opportunity to deepen their mathematical understanding, engage in mathematical reasoning, and learn a fundamental way to communicate mathematically. The Elementary Mathematical Task Force identified four types of mathematical writing: exploratory, informative, argumentative, and mathematically creative. Mathematical writing is unique from other genres of writing because to write mathematically, one needs to integrate their mathematical content knowledge with general writing skills and writing skills specific to the mathematics discipline. Notably, one needs to be able to judiciously combine mathematical symbols, representations, and text. However, more research is needed to exemplify the qualities of mathematical writing, develop implementation methods, and support teachers. Illuminating and Advancing the Path for Mathematical Writing Research, is a necessary comprehensive resource designed to enhance mathematical writing and promote equitable learning.

This research book provides a comprehensive understanding of the current state of mathematical writing and illuminates various perspectives on moving the teaching and learning of k-12 mathematical writing forward. There are three major sections for Illuminating and Advancing the Path for Mathematical Writing Research, with each part highlighting the existing research and identifying and prioritizing future research by realizing the significance of mathematical writing, engaging k-12 students in mathematical writing, and supporting educators with the implementation of mathematical writing.

Mathematical writing is an important yet underutilized component of mathematical discourse, and this book offers further insight into understanding what it means to write mathematically for mathematics educators and researchers. It informs with research-based implementation strategies and creates purposeful professional learning opportunities. Ultimately, k-12 students will benefit from a more informed field because they will have access to a vital mode of mathematical reasoning and communication.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment
  • Guidance for Collaborative Teaching Approaches
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Mathematical Practice
  • Mathematical Writing
  • Mathematical Writing for Reasoning and Learning
  • Professional Development
  • Qualities and Affordances
  • Specific Student Populations
  • Teacher Instruction
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Editor/Author Biographies
Madelyn W. Colonnese is an assistant professor in the Reading and Elementary Education Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She teaches undergraduate elementary education courses and graduate courses in mathematics education. Her research focuses on mathematical writing. Students are often encouraged to write in mathematics class however, this writing does not always engage students in writing to advance their mathematical understanding. As a member of the Elementary Mathematical Writing Task Force, she helped to clarify the purpose of mathematical writing, as writing to reason and to communicate mathematically. She is currently investigating ways to support teachers with this instructional practice and to engage students in mathematical writing.
Tutita M. Casa is an Associate Professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut with expertise in elementary mathematics education. Her scholarship is focused on discourse, and she is a leading scholar in mathematical writing. She directed the Elementary Mathematical Writing Task Force, with funding from the National Science Foundation, to concretely establish this aspect of discourse in the scholarly literature. Dr. Casa is dedicated to creating and testing the impact of materials and models to advance elementary students’ abilities to write, particularly to ensure those typically marginalized in mathematics classrooms have more opportunities to have a voice to reason mathematically. She also has extensive experience developing and researching the efficacy of advanced mathematics units for elementary students through Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians (Grades K-2) and Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds (Grades 3-5). These two federally funded endeavors produced units fostering a discourse-rich mathematics learning community, eight of which were awarded the Curriculum Studies Award by the National Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Casa also has extensively published for research and practitioner audiences, including in Educational Leadership, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for Research in Mathematics, Journal of Writing Research, Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PreK-12, School Science and Mathematics, Teaching Children Mathematics, and Young Children.
Fabiana Cardetti is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on ways to improve the mathematics education of students and teachers. In particular, she works on examining learning experiences that provide opportunities for each learner to authentically engage in doing mathematics. Fabiana’s research work includes the design of such experiences as well as the study of their implementation, uptake, and subsequent revisions or refinement. In addition, she works collaboratively in interdisciplinary groups capitalizing on the synergy across different disciplines to investigate the enhancement of STEM education from Kindergarten to Graduate School. She currently leads or co-leads several projects supported by external funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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