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ERIC Number: ED500918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
Investigating the Mathematics Incorporated in the Real World as a Starting Point for Mathematics Classroom Activities
Bonotto, Cinzia
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v2 p129-136
In this report we present preliminary results of a study on the relationship between informal out-of-school and formal in-school mathematics and the ways each can inform the other in the development of new mathematical knowledge, in this case concerning computation in base 12, 24 or 60. This study is based on a teaching experiment involving a sequence of classroom activities in upper elementary school based on the use of cultural artifacts, interactive teaching methods and the introduction of new socio-math norms, in an attempt to create a teaching/learning environment focused on fostering a mindful approach toward realistic mathematical modeling. In this way we wish to create a new tension between school mathematics and everyday-life experience in which cultural artifacts, incorporating mathematics, can play a fundamental role in bringing students' out-of-school reasoning experiences into play. (Contains 3 footnotes and 1 table.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500859.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy