Positioning during group work on a novel task in Algebra II

Anna F. DeJarnette, Gloriana González

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Given the prominence of group work in mathematics education policy and curricular materials, it is important to understand how students make sense of mathematics during group work. We applied techniques from Systemic Functional Linguistics to examine how students positioned themselves during group work on a novel task in Algebra II classes. We examined the patterns of positioning that students demon-strated during group work and how students' positioning moves related to the ways they established the resources, operations, and product of a task. Students who frequently repositioned themselves created opportunities for mathematical reasoning by attending to the resources and operations necessary for completing the task. The findings of this study suggest how students' positioning and mathematical reasoning are intertwined and jointly support collaborative learning through work on novel tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-422
Number of pages45
JournalJournal for Research in Mathematics Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Algebra
  • Classroom interaction
  • Discourse
  • Group work
  • High school
  • Linguistics
  • Positioning
  • Reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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