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Journal of Educational Research in Mathematics - Vol. 30, No. 1, pp.153-175
Abbreviation: JERM
ISSN: 2288-7733 (Print) 2288-8357 (Online)
Print publication date 28 Feb 2020
Received 10 Jan 2020 Revised 04 Feb 2020 Accepted 15 Feb 2020

Non-mathematical Discourse and Private Discourse in Mathematics Instruction
Cho, Jinwoo* ; Kim, Yeon**,
*Lecturer, Gyeongin National University of Education, South Korea (
**Professor, Silla University, South Korea (

Correspondence to : Professor, Silla University, South Korea,


The purpose of this study was to focus on non-mathematical discourse and private discourse as a way to identify the dynamics of interactions in mathematics instruction. The data for this study comprised a series of four lessons about the inverse function of a high school teacher. The findings report that mathematics instruction includes diverse kinds of discourse. Also, non-mathematical discourse and private discourse have their own roles and features and have combinations with mathematical discourse for the purposes of mathematics lessons. Based on results, the analysis of non-mathematical discourse and private discourse would contribute to expanding the understanding of mathematics instruction. This study discusses the roles of different kinds of discourses in mathematics instruction.

Keywords: discourse in mathematics instruction, discourse analysis, mathematical discourse, non-mathematical Discourse, private discourse

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