Mathematical Communications: Elementary Pre-service Teachers’ E-mail Exchanges with Sixth Grade Students

Zelha Tunc-Pekkan, Beatriz S. D'Ambrosio


This study examines the communication between pre-service teachers and sixth
grade students in a project in which email was used for communication as students
learned about fractions and were supported by the pre-service teachers. Specifically,
the study investigated how the pre-service teachers applied their mathematical
knowledge to understand children’s mathematical responses and challenged those
responses and mathematical ideas. Each of the 27 pre-service teachers sent 7 to 24
reply e-mails to their sixth grade partners. Those e-mails were examined and a twoway
continuum emerged in terms of how they used the voice of the discipline and
their disposition to the child’s voice in their response e-mails.


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