Revoicing in a Multilingual Classroom

Noel Enyedy, Laurie Rubel, Viviana Castellón, Shiuli Mukhopadhyay, Indigo Esmonde, Walter Secada

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The concept of revoicing has recently received a substantial amount of attention within the mathematics education community. One of the primary purposes of revoicing is to promote a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics by positioning students in relation to one another, thereby facilitating student debate and mathematical argumentation. Our study reexamines revoicing in a multilingual high school algebra classroom; our findings challenge the assumption that revoicing is necessarily tightly connected with classroom argumentation. We demonstrate that a single discursive form, such as revoicing, can play a wide range of valuable functions within the classroom. More importantly, we investigate systematic differences in the ways that revoicing is used, by a particular teacher, across languages. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-162
Number of pages29
JournalMathematical Thinking and Learning
Issue number2
StatePublished - 25 Apr 2008

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doi: 10.1080/10986060701854458


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