Structuring students’ mathematical conversations with flowcharts and intention analysis – affordances and constraints

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List of Authors: Joakim Smedlund, Kirsti Hemmi, Ann-Sofi Röj-Lindberg
Editors: Ewa Bergqvist, Magnus Österholm, Carina Granberg, Lovisa Sumpter
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: PME International Group for Psychology of Mathematics Education
Book title: Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
ISBN: 978-91-7601-902-3
ISSN: 0771-100X


This paper is based on a study that compares how student groups from three different cultural contexts solve the same mathematical problem. In this paper, the focus is on the methodology. More specifically, we describe the use of flowcharts and intention analysis to reveal important qualities in student discussions. The aim is to show how these tools may support the analyses of students’ mathematical discussion. We also emphasise the shortcomings of the tools in the light of our experiences from the study. We show that in order to better understand why certain interaction happens, it is important to extend the analysis to contextual factors.

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