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Using Math Journals to Enhance Second Graders’ Communication of Mathematical Thinking

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As an action research project, using mixed methodology, this study investigated how the use of math journals affected second grade students’ communication of mathematical thinking. For this study, math journal instruction was provided. The data gathering included pre- and post- math assessment, students’ math journals, interviews with the students, and teacher’s reflective journal. Findings of the study indicated that the use of math journals positively influenced the students’ communication of mathematical thinking and the use of math vocabulary. Additionally, math journals served as a communication tool between the students and teacher and an assessment tool for the teacher. The implications of this study regarding students’ writing ability and time constraints issues were also discussed. KeywordsMathematical communication-Mathematical thinking-Math journal

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... The research to date on the use of math journals in the elementary classroom is promising. First, math journals provide a means of looking into how students think and reason through problem solving but it is a task that requires explicit modeling and instruction [14,15]. Martin and Polly [15] describe a study of how three fourth grade teachers implemented a journal writing component into the instruction of two-step word problems. ...
... Second, there is emerging evidence that when math journals are combined with traditional math instruction, students' math skills improve. Kostos and Shin [14], as noted in Martin and Polly [15], similarly found that including writing as a part of math instruction enhanced performance in mathematical thinking. In Kostos and Shin's study [14], 16 second-graders participated in an action research study to measure the extent to which math journals could improve the expression of mathematical thinking. ...
... Kostos and Shin [14], as noted in Martin and Polly [15], similarly found that including writing as a part of math instruction enhanced performance in mathematical thinking. In Kostos and Shin's study [14], 16 second-graders participated in an action research study to measure the extent to which math journals could improve the expression of mathematical thinking. Data included math journals, interviews with the students and the use of teachers' reflective journals. ...
... Finally, Cohen et al. (2015) scored students' MW explanations according to a rubric where a score of 2 represented strong understanding of the mathematics, a score of 1 indicated limited understanding of the mathematics, and a score of 0 meant a response was incorrect, irrelevant, or incoherent. Additionally, at second grade, Kostos and Shin (2010) scored MW explanations according to a rubric with three categories (i.e., mathematical knowledge, strategic knowledge, and explanation). Kostos and Shin used a 0-4 scale within each category, with 4 demonstrating competence within the category. ...
... In sum, prior research in the elementary grades about MW assessments utilized different methods for scoring MW: rubric scoring (Kostos & Shin, 2010), awarding points for features of writing or mathematics (Cohen et al., 2015;, or scoring by category (Evens & Houssart, 2004). Each of these scoring methods shared similarities with scoring of general writing samples (Koutsoftas & Gray, 2012;Olinghouse & Wilson, 2013). ...
... Unfortunately, we are aware of no data from high-stakes assessments that is currently available about the MW scores of students in the late elementary grades. The more informal efforts to understand how students write about mathematics (e.g., Cohen et al., 2015;Kostos & Shin, 2010) provide detail about how students write within mathematics, and it is clear that many students struggle with MW. To improve MW knowledge, researchers have conducted several investigations. ...
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... Seven of the 18 studies attempted to score mathematics-writing quality using a rubric. Two studies used a 3-point rubric (Cohen et al., 2015;Kasmer & Kim, 2012), one used a 4-point rubric (Lim & Pugalee, 2004), three used 5-point rubrics (Jurdak, 2008;Jurdak & Abu Zein, 1998;Kostos & Shin, 2010), and one used a 6-point rubric (Glogger et al., 2012). Two studies utilized rubrics in combination with categorical scoring; one study combined rubric scoring with features scoring. ...
... A third study (Baxter et al., 2005) compared the use of mathematics journals with four students with learning disabilities to a control group of higher-performing students without disabilities; the control group's purpose was not to determine the efficacy of the intervention. Two studies with journal writing (Kostos & Shin, 2010;Lim & Pugalee, 2004) determined that student mathematics-writing scores improved from pre-to posttest, yet researchers did not employ a control group for direct comparisons about the efficacy of the intervention. Results from the final three journal studies were less empirical. ...
... Requiring a written explanation about the solution to a particular problem also emerged as a trend among studies demonstrating positive results. Examples include requiring students to explain steps used in solving a problem (Idris, 2009;Tan & Garces-Bacsal, 2013), responses that required further explanation (Jurdak & Abu Zein, 1998;Kostos & Shin, 2010), and explanations on concepts learned in mathematics class (Lim & Pugalee, 2004). Providing students with verbal or written feedback from a peer (Fortescue, 1994) or teacher (Cross, 2009;Pugalee, 2004) was a final practice that emerged from studies of mathematics-writing interventions, although the practice was not examined experimentally. ...
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... The literature contains numerous studies about journal writing in mathematics classes (Borasi & Rose, 1989;Nteza, 2006;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Tan & Garces-Bascal, 2013). The studies involved learners from primary schools to higher institutions. ...
... The studies involved learners from primary schools to higher institutions. Kostos and Shin (2010) claimed that journal writing has a positive effect on the learners' mathematical communication and use of mathematical vocabulary, and that it operates as a communication medium between the learners and the teacher. Additionally, Tan and Garces-Bascal (2013) reported that journal-writing exercises enhanced gifted learners' mathematical achievement in algebra. ...
... Journal writing was also said to encourage participants to communicate with their teacher about parts of the lesson they had not understood, allow them to improve on both mathematics and English, as well as enable them to reflect on what they had learnt in the lesson. All of these responses reflected on the benefits of journal writing as mentioned by Borasi and Rose (1989) and Kostos and Shin (2010). One of the participants remarked how easy learning mathematics could be, and she also discovered the joy of learning mathematics through journal writing. ...
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... Instrumental learning is the memorization of facts and procedures, whereas relational learning involves selecting different strategies and skills to solve new, complex problems (Skemp, 2006). Although instrumental learning has the potential to increase self-confidence, as students can often get the correct answer more quickly, it does not allow students to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical content (Baxter, Woodward & Olsen, 2005;Kostos & Shin, 2010). Some evidence suggests that students who follow an instrumental learning regime are less able to problem solve and think mathematically as they have not developed sufficient mathematical learning strategies and have limited opportunities for communication in the classroom (Kostos & Shin, 2010;Richhart et al., 2011). ...
... Although instrumental learning has the potential to increase self-confidence, as students can often get the correct answer more quickly, it does not allow students to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical content (Baxter, Woodward & Olsen, 2005;Kostos & Shin, 2010). Some evidence suggests that students who follow an instrumental learning regime are less able to problem solve and think mathematically as they have not developed sufficient mathematical learning strategies and have limited opportunities for communication in the classroom (Kostos & Shin, 2010;Richhart et al., 2011). ...
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... While participation in discourses and debates of mathematics for improved mathematical learning has been frequently emphasized (Burton & Morgan, 2000), formal recommendations for mathematical writing are less explicitly available (Casa et al., 2016). Despite this, studies and interventions have consistently reported the benefits of writing in learning mathematics (Fry & Villagomez, 2012;Knox, 2017;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Kuzle, 2013;Pugalee, 2001). Bangert-Drowns et al. (2004) determine that writing and learning are isomorphic to each other. ...
... With specific reference to mathematics, various studies have focused on the effects of mathematical writing in the mathematics classroom. Such research has revealed enhanced metacognitive thinking, self-confidence and enjoyment levels, which leads to increased mathematical achievement (Knox, 2017;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Kuzle, 2013;Pugalee, 2001). ...
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... Third, educators scored MW according to specific elements (i.e., identified a mistake, provided an explanation to correct the mistake; Hebert, Powell, Bohaty, & Roehling, 2019;Kiuhara et al., 2020). Fourth, educators scored MW assessments according to rubrics with 3-, 4-, 5-, or 6-point scales to gauge aspects of MW quality (Kasmer & Kim, 2012;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Lim & Pugalee, 2004;Namkung et al., 2020). ...
... Therefore, future research should focus on examining interventions and assessments for explanatory MW. Some research has been conducted about interventions but most efforts have been focused on journal writing (e.g., Baxter, Woodward, & Olson, 2005;Glogger, Schwonke, Holzäpfel, Nückles, & Renkl, 2012;Jurdak & Zein, 1998;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Lim & Pugalee, 2004;Lynch-Davis, 2011;Tan & Garces-Bacsal, 2013) with fewer interventions using explicit modeling, practice, and feedback (e.g., Cohen et al., 2015;Hebert et al., 2019;Hughes & Lee, 2020). If students continue to participate in MW activities and exercises, more research is necessary to determine best instructional and assessment practices for explanatory MW. ...
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... Several studies emphasized the necessity for interminable enhancement of mathematical thinking in education. Kostos & Shin (2010), pointed out that the communication of mathematical thinking, as well as vocabulary in Mathematics of students, is positively influenced through the use of Math journal. Hence, when implemented effectively, Math journal is one of the ways to improve the mathematical thinking of learners. ...
... Pugalee (2004), cited that journal writing is an effective tool for supporting metacognitive mathematical problem solving after comparing the consequence of the utilization of written and verbal understanding of problemsolving. Kostos & Shin (2010), investigated the journal as an assessment tool in Mathematics and their findings pointed out that journal writing improved the mathematical thinking, vocabulary, and understanding of students on the concepts of Mathematics. ...
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... 0-7). For example, Kostos and Shin (2010) asked secondgrade students to write explanations about mathematical patterns. Students received scores according to an analytic rubric with three components: mathematics knowledge, strategic knowledge, and communication about explanations. ...
... This scoring method is another commonly used assessment to score writing (Graham et al., 2016) and has been used in the MW literature (e.g. Cohen et al., 2015;Evens & Houssart, 2004;Kostos & Shin, 2010) to examine how students write about mathematics. Advantages for the analytic scoring included: (a) it took a relatively short period of time to score, and (b) it provided more targeted information than the holistic scoring. ...
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... Students communicate mathematically in novel ways within these four mathematics-writing categories (Kostos & Shin, 2010). Students may participate in mathematics writing using a variety of methods, include journal writing (Baxter et al., 2005;Glogger et al., 2012;Lim & Pugalee, 2004), letter writing (Norton & Rutledge, 2010;Shield & Galbraith, 1998), or by responding to prompts (Cohen et al., 2015;Hughes et al., 2019;Kiuhara et al., 2020;Moran et al., 2014). ...
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... Incorporating writing in mathematics is posited to increase student achievement (Harlan, 2018); assessment scores and use of math vocabulary of students were found to increase after math journaling for five weeks (Kostos & Shin, 2010). Writing to learn is a strategy that can be employed throughout to help students be engaged and develop huge ideas and concepts; it nurtures critical thinking for it requires analysis, application, and other higher level thinking skills (Michigan Department of Education, 2009). ...
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... However, while empirical research about writing is extensive (Juzwik et al., 2006), studies about mathematical writing are limited (Powell et al., 2017). In general, mathematical writing studies have examined the use of journal writing or learning logs at the end of class periods and over multiple weeks, and many of these studies have observed positive impacts on students' mathematical conceptual understanding (e.g., Jurdak & Abu Zein, 1998;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Cross, 2009;Atasoy & Adnan, 2020;Tan & Garces-Bascal, 2013;Meel, 1999) but not all (Porter & Massingila, 2000). These results resonate with multiple practitioner-based accounts of the impact of mathematical writing (e.g., Baxter et al., 2002;Bixby, 2018;McIntosh & Draper, 2001;Sanders, 2009) and a meta-analysis of the impact of mathematical writing on standardized test scores, which reports an effect size of 0.42 (Bicer et al., 2018). ...
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... At the time that I conducted my research(2015)(2016), I could find no MMAR-specific published research studies in the social sciences or elsewhere. The samples(Craig, 2011;Glasson et al., 2006;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Sampson, 2010) cited byIvankova (2015) as MMAR exemplars, while using an approach similar toIvankova's MMAR (2015), do not actually incorporate her framework. A furtherliterature review at the time of writing this discussion (January, 2018) revealed that there have been three new articles published in the past year (2017) specifically referencing MMAR as a research methodology. ...
... Though difficult to measure quantitatively, a student's affective domain should be a primary concern for PSTs to implement practical methods that embrace effective support strategies. A mathematics teacher's role in the classroom must encompass the developmental needs of the students (Ismajli & Imami-Morina, 2018;Sead, Jelena, & Elvir, 2016;Kostelnik et al., 2015;Livy et al., 2018;Edwards, 2017;Kostos & Shin, 2010). Marshall (1994) examined the understandings of tasks that were purposeful learning by interviewing and observing kindergarten students from five classes. ...
... Recent studies which have been investigating on mathematics education reveal that it is not adequate for students to learn and use only procedural and declarative knowledge (Kostos & Shin, 2010;Lynch & Bolyard, 2012). Recent research focuses on improving higher order thinking skills instead of merely attaining and using knowledge. ...
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... One PST stated, "before the lesson study, I was hesitant to believe that research would help us in preparing the lessons, but after this assignment I think differently." Some of the specific references to research that the PST made in their reflections were Driscoll's (1999) Doing and Undoing, Questioning from both Reinhart (2000) and Driscoll (1999), Wait time by Reinhart (2000), Journal writing by Kostos and Shin (2010), Cooperative Learning by Johnson and Johnson (1988), Cognitive Demand by Stein et. al (2000), and articles on Lesson Study (Lewis & Tsuchida, 1998;Tolle, 2010). ...
... De esta forma, desarrollan la capacidad de afrontar problemas que no tengan una solución única e inminente, que es la realidad a la que se van a tener que enfrentar tanto en la vida cotidiana como en el mundo laboral (Herr, Johnson y Piraro, 2001;Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010, p. 7). A su vez, el hecho de que haya diversidad en la resolución de los problemas ofrece la oportunidad de que el/la aprendiz comunique y analice los diversos planteamientos y métodos de resolución, dando lugar al lenguaje y razonamiento matemático, actividad fundamental analizado en los artículos (Pugalee, 2001;Jiménez, Suárez y Galindo, 2010;Kostos y Shin, 2010). Godino (2004), por su parte, también remarca que el tipo de comunicación que se da en el aula condiciona el aprendizaje del alumnado y su visión sobre las matemáticas. ...
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... connections to prior knowledge and real-world experiences. Pugalee (2004) compared the use of verbal and written understanding of mathematical problem-solving and found that writing is a more effective tool for supporting metacognitive mathematical problem-solving. Through writing, a self-awareness can emerge or deepen as was shown in the study by Kostos and Shin. (2010). In their study of math journals usage with second grade students, they determined the use of math journals increased mathematical thinking, increased student use of mathematical vocabulary, and improved assessment of students' understanding of the concept. An appropriate grade benchmark for integrating writing into mathematics does not ...
... Discourse has been considered of considerable importance in teaching and learning as a means to elicit thinking processes in general and mathematical thinking in particular [4]. In developing students' mathematical thinking, communicating through questions encourage students to explain how they obtained their answer by describing their thinking process, create new solution, modify existing solution and present varied solutions [5]. However, as observed by the teacher-researchers, too much emphasis on student to student discourse the non-mathematically inclined students become confused and frustrated. ...
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... Beberapa penelitian sebelumnya telah melaporkan rendahnya kemampuan komunikasi matematika siswa (Baxter, Woodward, & Olson, 2005;Heyd-Metzuyanim, 2013;Kostos & Shin, 2010). Oleh karena itu, perlu adanya pembenahan dalam proses pembelajaran matematika. ...
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... These facts show that Edmodo has the potential to improve student results. One way to develop mathematical thinking ability of students is to familiarize the student to do it continuously [37]. In this study, the continuity of which is in the classroom and outside the classroom (online) managed through Edmodo as a tool to support the learning of mathematics given to students so that they can drive results and motivation to learn them. ...
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... When one takes into consideration the fact that the U.S. spends more per student than most countries, it is not surprising that our educational system gets a big portion of the blame. Some researchers believe that unsatisfactory student performance in the United States and other English speaking countries may be attributed to mathematics teaching practices that emphasize rote learning, memorization, and procedural knowledge (Chen et al., 2014;Edwards, 2017;Kostos & Shin, 2010;Lee & Hannafin, 2016;McLeod, 1992;Wilcox & Monreo, 2011). However, not all researchers are willing to discredit the teaching of procedural knowledge or the use of memorization strategies. ...
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... For example, Bicer et al. (2013) documented how journal writing improved students' mathematical reasoning and cognitive complexity. Kostos and Shin (2010) reported how journal writing increased second-grade students' communication of their mathematical thinking. Qualitative results showed increased use of mathematics vocabulary, and the mathematics journals provided an insightful assessment tool on thought processes and comprehension. ...
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... The end result of the reflective process is the creation of a more positive learning environment in which both teachers and students can take risks, engage in imaginative activity, and do things differently. Educators use a variety of approaches to engage in reflection, including journaling and writing first-person narratives (Brown, 2006;Kostos & Shin, 2010), video recording analysis (Tripp & Rich, 2012), peer classroom observation, and mentoring (Danielson, 2012). ...
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... Potential benefits for students include: increased knowledge of mathematical content, improvement in learning and problem-solving skills ([Borasi & Rose, 1989]) and also development of procedural knowledge and conceptual understanding ([Jurdak & Abu Zein, 1998]). Journals enhance students' communication of mathematical thinking ( [Kostos & Shin, 2010]). They are "self-directed type" of assessment ( [Lanigan, 2006], p. 38) and students are usually not awarded a grade. ...
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... Children who are numerate learn to communicate their mathematical thinking, use mathematic language to convey their understanding, and to connect concepts and ideas laterally as a way of developing solutions to problems (Hiebert et al., 2005;Kostos & Shin, 2010). They show flexibility in thinking, creativity, and perseverance in problem-solving (McLeod, 1992;Schoenfeld, 1992;Seeger, 2011). ...
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... Third, it is also uncertain whether students' ability to write about mathematics provides an accurate portrayal of their mathematical abilities. Kostos and Shin (2010) indicated that students can communicate about mathematics with writing. However, the authors do not explain the mechanisms through which students do this, and no research has investigated how students make this connection. ...
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... Empirical research about mathematics writing is limited. A handful of studies indicate student understanding of mathematics concepts and procedures may improve with the incorporation of mathematics-writing activities (e.g., Bicer, Capraro, & Capraro, 2013;Cross, 2009;Kostos & Shin, 2010). In none of these studies, however, did the researchers describe the quality of the mathematics writing or specifics of mathematics content that may contribute to quality mathematics writing. ...
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... 12 Given this rather limited clarity as to the purposes for mathematical writing, it is not surprising that writing has been implemented in a variety of ways in mathematics instruction. 13 Students have been asked, for example, to develop creative pieces, 14,15 engage in expository writing, 16,17 record one's feelings about mathematics, 18 compose a biography of a famous mathematician, 19 reflect on an activity, 20,21,22 and take notes. 23 Although these types of writing may benefit students' literacy, what types of writing are recommended for elementary students, starting in kindergarten, 24 to lay the foundation for future reasoning and proof writing? ...
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