ERIC Number: ED466958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Using the Function Machine as a Cognitive Root.
McGowen, Mercedes; DeMarois, Phil; Tall, David
This paper examines the question of whether the introduction and use of the function machine representation as a scaffolding device helps undergraduates enrolled in a developmental algebra course to form a rich, foundational concept of function. It describes students' developing understanding of function as an input/output process and as an object, tracing the internalization of the function machine concept as it relates to various representations of functions. (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (22nd, Tucson, AZ, October 7-10, 2000). Figures may not reproduce well.