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"Show Me What You Know"

Exploring Student Representations Across STEM Disciplines

Barbara M. Brizuela Brian E. Gravel

304 pages
Teachers College Press

Just like representations in everyday life, this book shows that they are ubiquitous to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the STEM disciplines. "Show Me What You Know” showcases research on representations across a range of STEM disciplines and ages—from children as young as 2 years of age to professional mathematicians. The text highlights the importance of paying close attention to learners’ interpretations and productions of different representations as a source of evidence for what learners understand, and another way for learners to “show us what they know.” The text is organized around four themes: appropriation of representations, making meaning, highlighting, and representations as scaffolds and supports.

Book Features:

  • Focus on representations in specific STEM disciplines.
  • An examination of how students across different ages engage with, produce, and use representations.
  • Section reflections that serve to broaden our thinking about representations.
  • Graphs, charts, and examples of students’ drawings.
Author Bio

Bárbara M. Brizuela is an associate professor in the Department of Education at Tufts University. She is the author of Mathematical Development in Young Children: Exploring Notations. Brian E. Gravel is a lecturer and director of elementary education at Tufts University.