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Widjaja, W., & Dolk, M. (2010, August). Building, supporting and enhancing teachers' capacity to foster mathematics learning: insights from Indonesian classroom. Paper presented at the 5th East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, Tokyo, Japan.
This paper aims to examine and reflect on practice to enhance teachers' capacity in fostering mathematics learning in primary schools. The study is situated in the context of developing and implementing an Indonesian version of Realistic Mathematics Education, labelled as PMRI in Indonesia. Series of five-days programs involving collaborative work between mathematics teachers and mathematics educators were carried out in classrooms to build, support, and enhance teachers' capacity to implement PMRI teaching. Design research methodology comprising daily cycles of design, classroom experiments, and retrospective analysis is employed. This paper will draw on data from 3 design research minicycles held in primary schools about division of fractions and whole numbers. Episodes of video classroom discourse and samples of students' work pertinent to the topic will be analyzed. Looking into the classroom practices suggest various ways of teachers' actions in fostering rich discourse in learning mathematics. Factors that afford and inhibit teachers from establishing this practice are identified. Implications on ways to support and enhance teachers' capacity based on ongoing analysis of classroom practice will be articulated.
This paper was presented at the 5th East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, held in Tokyo, Japan from 18 – 22 Aug 2010
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