Enhancing student students self regulation in middle years mathematics classes

Year: 2008

Author: Sullivan, Peter

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

One type of intervention to enhance student self regulation is related to learning in specific content domains. This paper describes interventions that relate on one hand, to the type of task that teachers use as the basis of mathematics teaching, and on the other hand, ways of increasing student choice and control within mathematics classes. This intervention has consisted of a group of project mathematics teachers planning units of work together, and the monitoring of the implementation of the unit via student assessments, student work products, teacher interviews and classroom observations. We found that opening up tasks creates a different sort of classroom dynamic, and allows greater attention by the teacher to student choice, student creativity, thinking and communication.