Building on our earlier work conceptualizing teaching as the management of instructional exchanges, we lay out a theory of the practical rationality of mathematics teaching—that is, a theory of the grounds upon which instructional actions specific to mathematics can be justified or rebuffed. We do that from a perspective informed by what experienced practitioners consider viable but also in ways that suggest operational avenues for the study of instructional improvement, in particular for improvements that enable students to do more authentic mathematical work. We show how different kinds of experiments can be used to engage in theory building and provide examples of initial work in building this theory.
Herbst, Patricio and Chazan, Daniel
"Research on Practical Rationality: Studying the justification of actions in mathematics teaching,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 8
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol8/iss3/2