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ERIC Number: ED489592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Abstraction and Consolidation
Monaghan, John; Ozmantar, Mehmet Fatih
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 28th, Bergen, Norway, July 14-18, 2004
What is involved in consolidating a new mathematical abstraction? This paper examines the work of one student who was working on a task designed to consolidate two recently constructed absolute function abstractions. The study adopts an activity theoretic model of abstraction in context. Selected protocol data are presented. The initial state of the abstractions and changes that were observed during the consolidation process are discussed. Features of consolidation noted are: reconstruction of the abstractions, increased resistance to challenges, developing a language for the abstractions and greater flexibility. [For complete proceedings, see ED486538.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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