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ERIC Number: ED489614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Mathematical Abstraction through Scaffolding
Ozmantar, Mehmet Fatih; Roper, Tom
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 28th, Bergen, Norway, July 14-18, 2004
This paper examines the role of scaffolding in the process of abstraction. An activity-theoretic approach to abstraction in context is taken. This examination is carried out with reference to verbal protocols of two 17 year-old students working together on a task connected to sketching the graph of |f|x|)|. Examination of the data suggests that abstraction is a difficult activity that can sometimes be beyond student's unassisted efforts, in which case supportive intervention of a scaffolder through several means of assistance is observed to help the students achieve the abstraction. [For complete proceedings, see ED489538.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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