Advancing mathematical activity: A practice-oriented view of advanced mathematical thinking

Chris Rasmussen, Michelle Zandieh, Karen King, Anne Teppo

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The purpose of this article is to contribute to the dialogue about the notion of a d van c ed m a thematical thinking by offering an alternative characterization for this idea, namely advancing mathematical activity. We use the term advancing (versus a d van c ed) because we emphasize the progression and evolution of students’ reasoning in relation to their previous activity. We also use the term a c tiv ity, rather than thinking. This shift in language reflects our characterization of progression in mathematical thinking as acts of participation in a variety of different socially or culturally situated mathematical practices. For these practices, we emphasize the changing nature of students’ mathematical activity and frame the process of progression in terms of multiple layers of horizontal and vertical mathematizing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Mathematical Thinking
Subtitle of host publicationA Special Issue of Mathematical Thinking and Learning
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781315045955
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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