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ERIC Number: EJ1051094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
A Teaching Experiment in Constructing the Limit of a Sequence
Nam, Pham Sy; Stephens, Max
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v37 n1 p1-20 2014
"Limit" is a difficult mathematical concept, even for good students. It is also a key foundational idea for the study of advanced mathematics. It holds a central position as a foundation of the theory of approximation, of continuity, and of differential and integral calculus. However, the difficulty for teachers is how to organise teaching and learning. Using a constructivist approach, this study used a Teaching Experiment, supported by the use of Dynamic Geometry Software, to identify important steps for students in the development of the concept of a finite limit sequence. The results show that teaching using dynamic manipulations helps to identify shortcomings in students' thinking while challenging them to form and verify their hypotheses and conclusions about a finite limit.
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM). Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia. Tel: +011-60-4-658-3266; Fax: +011-60-4-657-2541; e-mail: director@recsam.edu.my; Web site: http://www.recsam.edu.my/index.php/resources/journal-of-science-and-mathematics-education-in-southeast-asia
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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