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ERIC Number: ED500996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Student's Concept of Infinity in the Context of a Simple Geometrical Construct
Jirotkova, Darina; Littler, Graham
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), v3 p125-132
The research described in this paper was undertaken to determine student-teachers' understanding of infinity in a geometrical context. The methods of analysis of students' responses is presented and these were found to be universally applicable. The findings show that school mathematics does not generally develop the students' ideas of infinity (Eisenmann, 2002). We believe that discussion about infinity could lead to the development of cognitive ability and hence the need for teachers to have a sound knowledge of infinity and the necessary communicative skills. [For complete proceedings, see ED500858.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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