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ERIC Number: ED501026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 7
The Emergence of Mathematical Goals in a Recreational Practice
Meira, Luciano; Correia, Monica
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 p277-284
While the influence of individuals' participation in practices of economic subsistence on the development of mathematical knowledge has been widely reported in the literature, there are not as many studies about the relationship between cultural life and mathematical cognition in the context of recreational practices. This article reports a study on the development of arithmetical knowledge and reasoning in the context of adults' and children's engagement in a game of dominoes. The study was carried out in a small community in Northeastern Brazil, where twenty-five individuals were regular players of the game. The results show that subjects with little or no formal schooling were highly sophisticated in performing arithmetic operations, examining hypothesis, and coordinating the rules and goals of a complex game. Implications for the study of recreational practices and their interplay with school instruction are discussed. [For complete proceedings, see ED500858.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil