Research Commentary: Observations on Citation Practices in Mathematics Education Research

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In this research commentary, I argue that the field of mathematics education as a whole can and should improve its citation practices. I begin by discussing 4 forms of citation practice and considering how they vary with respect to transparency of voice. I then discuss several ways our citation practices may misrepresent cited authors' ideas, providing examples to illustrate the errors. I conclude by suggesting ways that we as writers (but also as reviewers and as graduate faculty) might jointly work toward improving our citation practices.

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Keith R. Leatham, Department of Mathematics Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602;

(Corresponding author is Leatham
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education


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