ERIC Number: ED297934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Constructivist and Information Processing Views of Representation in Mathematics Education.
Orton, Robert E.
Examined is the notion of "representation" as it is used in mathematics education. The first section explains what appears to the current "received view" of representation within mathematics education. The second section describes the constructivist view of representation, especially as this view is related to Piaget's theory. The third section examines features of the information processing view of representation. The fourth section analyzes some of the fundamental differences between constructivist and information processing views. These differences focus on: (1) the use of representation as "picture of knowledge"; (2) the role of mental activity in each representation; (3) the difference between a functional and a functional-structural view of representation; and (4) the relationship between logic and psychology in each model. The ultimate goal of the paper is to contrast constructivist and information processing views of representation in mathematics education. (PK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).