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Assessing Mathematical Writing: Comparative Judgment and Professional Learning

Assessing Mathematical Writing: Comparative Judgment and Professional Learning
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Author(s): Ian Jones (Loughborough University, UK)and Jodie Hunter (Massey University, New Zealand)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 20
Source title: Illuminating and Advancing the Path for Mathematical Writing Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Madelyn W. Colonnese (Reading and Elementary Education Department, Cato College of Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA), Tutita M. Casa (Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, USA)and Fabiana Cardetti (Department of Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-6538-7.ch007


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The chapter discusses potential professional learning benefits for educators who engage in assessing students' mathematical writing. It draws on interview data from twelve mathematics educators who were experienced in assessing primary students' written responses to free response prompts covering a range of topics. The first stage of the interviews used a stimulated recall protocol that followed a comparative judgment procedure in which each participant was presented with pairs of students' written responses and asked to decide which was ‘better'. The second stage was semi-structured with questions about how participants made their comparative judgment decisions, and whether doing so improved their understanding of students' thinking. The findings are that assessing mathematical writing can provide educators with insights into students' representations, underlying ideas and learning trajectories, and can also provide stimulus for changing classroom practice.

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