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ERIC Number: ED501116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 10
An Analysis of Mental Space Construction in Teaching Linear Equation Word Problems
Sekiguchi, Yasuhiro
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), v4 p143-150
This study is to explore the potential of Fauconnier's mental space theory in understanding the teaching and learning processes of mathematics. Notions from cognitive linguistics have been introduced to research in mathematics education recently, but there have been little studies about what potential the framework of mental space has in understanding mathematics teaching and learning. This paper will present an analysis of classroom data based on that framework. The data was collected at lessons of linear equation word problems of a Japanese seventh grade classroom. It is argued that the mental space theory will provide a useful framework for understanding the process of mathematics instruction, and that the idea of mental space blending could be a powerful tool for analyzing mathematical problems. (Contains 4 figures.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500860.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan