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ERIC Number: ED573202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Constructing and Consolidating Mathematical Entities in the Context of Whole-Class Discussion
Dooley, Thérèse
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (35th, Singapore, Jul 2-6, 2012)
In this paper, the RBC+C framework (Hershkowitz, Schwartz, & Dreyfus, 2001) is used to analyse and describe construction and consolidation of mathematical knowledge by primary pupils in a whole-class setting. I describe a lesson that concerned what is commonly termed the Handshakes problem. One pupil spontaneously established a connection with a related problem in which the class had engaged a month previously. There followed a conversation in which an older construct was consolidated while a new construct emerged--the nature of this intertwined construction and consolidation is discussed.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Ireland