Pedagogical Tensions in Teacher’s Questioning Practices in the Mathematics Classroom: A Case in Mainland China
Lianchun Dong 1 * , Wee Tiong Seah 2, David Clarke 2
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1 Minzu University of China, College of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA2 Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA* Corresponding Author


During the last decades, curriculum reform has been implemented in mainland China to emphasize classroom interaction in mathematics teaching and learning. The intention to create more chances for classroom interaction in large-size classrooms has led to the introduction of self-learning guide which allows students to go through the learning contents before the classroom learning. This study investigates the pedagogical tensions emerging in a mainland Chinese mathematics teacher’s practices of using self-learning guide to reform classroom questioning. The analytical entry point is the examination of the IRF (Initiation/Response/Follow-up) structures evident in the reform-based mathematics classroom interactions. The results show that, by using various reform-based questioning strategies, students were given adequate opportunities to present and share their mathematical thinking and ideas. The nature of the pedagogical tensions has shifted from imbalance of time allocation for classroom discussion and lecturing to imbalance of opportunities for guided classroom discussion and elaborated classroom discussion.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2018, 167-181

Publication date: 02 Nov 2017

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