ERIC Number: ED289745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Qualitative Graphing: A Construction in Mathematics.
This document argues that qualitative graphing is an effective introduction to mathematics as a construction for communication of ideas involving quantitative relationships. It is suggested that with little or no prior knowledge of Cartesian coordinates or analytic descriptions of graphs using equations students can successfully grasp concepts of change and rates of change as well as using multiple representations to convey their understandings. Through discussion of their solutions with each other, students also observe multiple solutions which generate debate and controversy. It is argued that having students write their own thoughts on a graphing problem will encourage further development of self-monitoring and metacognition. Diagrams are included. (PK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Reasoning and Higher Education (Boise, ID, March 14-15, 1986).