Krause, C.M., & Farsani, D. (2021). Gestures and code-switching in mathematics instruction – an exploratory case.

In Proceedings of the 44th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology in Mathematics Education. PME.

Abstract: While gestures are considered an important resource in the mathematics classroom, gesture use in bilingual instruction has been largely neglected in research so far. This paper presents a case analysis of two teachers’ bimodal bilingual instruction in the context of isosceles triangles to show how they coordinate meaning making of content and terminology through code-switching and gestures. Based on the analysis, we will introduce the concept of bimodal mnemonics as means to support learning mathematical terminology together with the respective concept and conclude with a brief discussion of our preliminary findings.

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