ERIC Number: ED466964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
The Function Machine as a Cognitive Root for the Function Concept.
Tall, David; McGowen, Mercedes; DeMarois, Phil
The concept of function is considered as foundational in mathematics. Yet, it proves to be elusive and subtle for students. A generic image that can act as a cognitive root for the concept is the function box. This is not a simple pattern-spotting device, but a concept that embodies the salient features of the idea of function, including process (input-output) and object, with the various representations seen as methods of controlling input-output. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; 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).