ERIC Number: ED472950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Student Difficulties in Abstracting Angle Concepts from Physical Activities with Concrete Materials.
Prescott, Anne; Mitchelmore, Michael; White, Paul
A Year 3 angles unit using the Teaching for Abstraction paradigm was developed on the basis of earlier empirical research and trailed by 12 New South Wales (NSW) teachers. Analysis of data submitted by the teachers showed that the unit was generally successful but a number of minor areas for improvement were identified. An analysis of independent classroom observations of students working on the angles lessons is reported in this paper. It was found that the difficulties students experienced could be classified as matching, measuring, drawing, and describing errors. The results clearly support the hypothesized steps in learning by abstraction. (Author/KHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Mathematics Education in the South Pacific. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (25th, Auckland, New Zealand, July 7-10, 2002). Volume I [and] Volume II; see SE 066 808.