Diverse learning episodes: Naturalistic observation in an early mathematics classroom
AuthorMichaelides, Michalis P.
SourceElectronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology
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This applied paper is a report of a naturalistic observation in a mathematics classroom focusing on two second-graders. Following an exploratory visit to understand the setting and develop more specific questions for the study, the purpose of this empirical investigation was to describe the behavior of two children in the particular classroom setting. The two children expressed different patterns of reactions while working on individual activities and in whole class instruction. Field notes on the students' behavior and the classroom environment were collected during visits. Evidence on the strategies the two children used was also recorded. Accounts from the collected observations are briefly presented and interpreted. Conclusions are drawn and further questions are raised. © Education & Psychology I+D+i and Editorial EOS (Spain).