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Chanting as mathematical enculturation

Anne Watson
Pythagoras | Issue 60 | a123 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/pythagoras.v0i60.123 | © 2004 Anne Watson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2004 | Published: 20 October 2004

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Anne Watson, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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Abstract

Unison response is a major teaching strategy in mathematics throughout the world. The spoken word is the dominant source of mathematical stimulus, the dominant shaper of the mathematical environment in which school learners construct mathematical meaning. The teachers’ utterances are intended to be expert, and the creation of learner responses is intended to involve learning of some kind.

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