, Volume 50, Issue 6, pp 999–1011 | Cite as

Using the academic literacy in mathematics framework to uncover multiple aspects of activity during peer mathematical discussions

  • Judit Moschkovich
  • William ZahnerEmail author
Original Article


This paper illustrates how the academic literacy in mathematics framework (Moschkovich, J Math Behav 40:43–62, 2015) can be used to uncover the multiple layers of work bilingual learners accomplish during mathematical discussions. Using this framework allows researchers to examine students’ joint mathematical activity in terms of mathematical proficiency, mathematical practices, and mathematical discourse. The use of the framework is illustrated through analysis of two mathematical discussions among middle school students. We conclude with reflections on the utility of the framework and consider possible pedagogical implications of this work.


Mathematical discourse Peer discussions Academic literacy in mathematics Multilingual mathematics classrooms 



This research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (#0424983 and 0096065). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education DepartmentUniversity of California Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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