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ERIC Number: ED500976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
Descriptions and Definitions in the Teaching of Elementary Calculus
Giraldo, Victor; Carvalho, Luiz Mariano; Tall, David
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 p445-452
In this paper, we discuss the (potentially positive) pedagogical role of intrinsic limitations of computational descriptions for mathematical concepts, with special focus on the concept of derivative. Our claim is that, in a suitable approach, those limitations can act for the enrichment of learners' concept images. We report a case study with a first year undergraduate student and place this in a broader empirical and theoretical context. (Contains 6 figures.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500859.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil