ERIC Number: ED389547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Mathematical Contexts and the Perception of Meaning in Algebraic Symbols.
Teppo, Anne R.; Esty, Warren W.
This paper presents an analysis of the different types of meanings that an individual may assign to a collection of algebraic symbols depending on the mathematical context in which the symbols are presented and the mathematical knowledge possessed by that individual. Four contexts for the Quadratic Theorem are used to illustrate the ways in which generalization and abstraction develop the meaning of algebraic entities by changing the focus from process to structure. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.