Working toward A Third Space in the Teaching of Elementary Mathematics

Sep. 30, 2009

Source: Educational Action Research, Volume 17, Issue 3 September 2009 , pages 425 - 446.

Building on work in the area of third space theory, this study documents one teacher's efforts to create third spaces in an elementary mathematics classroom. In an attempt to link the worlds of theory and practice, the author examines how the work of other theorists and researchers - inside and outside the field of education - can create new lenses for classroom practitioners.

In addition, the article provides evidence that third spaces may be more difficult to realize than others have described.

Rather than forcing a third space to emerge, what this study finds more important is creating an environment that will allow third spaces to surface more organically as students and teachers engage in the everyday life of the classroom.

Updated: Dec. 08, 2009