Teacher questioning: effect on student communication in middle school algebra mathematics classrooms

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Title: Teacher questioning: effect on student communication in middle school algebra mathematics classrooms
Author: Matthiesen, Elizabeth Aprilla
Abstract: This study investigates the components within teacher questioning and how they affect communication within the mathematics classroom . Components examined are the type of question , the amount of wait time allowed , the use of follow -up questions , and the instructional setting . The three types of questions analyzed in this study were highorder , low -order , and follow -up questions . High -order questions are defined as questions which promote analysis , synthesis or evaluation of information versus low -order questions which only seek procedural or knowledge of basic recall of information . The third type of question , follow -up , is the second question asked of a student when the initial question is not answered or answered incorrectly . This study observed video of three teachers from three different adjacent school districts . Upon watching three lessons of each teacher and recording data , conclusions were made . All three teachers were found to use low -order questions at least 50 % of the time during instruction . Wait time following high -order questions met the minimum three second time as suggested from previous researchers . Follow -up questions were found to occur more frequently after high -order questions , but followed similar trends as stated above related to the type of question asked . Instructional setting does differ in the types of questions asked with a small group setting more likely to elicit high -order questions than a whole group setting . The researcher concluded that high -order questions with a minimum of three seconds wait time in a small group setting encourage communication within the mathematics classroom .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /5749
Date: 2007-09-17

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Teacher questioning: effect on student communication in middle school algebra mathematics classrooms. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /5749 .

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