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ERIC Number: EJ1084357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Learning Mathematics Does Not (Necessarily) Mean Constructing the Right Knowledge
Dawson, Sandy
For the Learning of Mathematics, v35 n3 p17­-22 2015
In this article, which was first published in 1991, the late Sandy Dawson, discusses aspects of a Lakatosian approach to mathematics teaching. The ideas are illustrated with examples from three teaching situations: making conjectures about the next number in a sequence; making conjectures about the internal angles in a triangle using Logo; and developing a way to find the difference between two eighteen-digit numbers entirely as a mental calculation. The article appeared as a chapter in "Teaching and Learning School Mathematics," edited by David Pimm and Eric Love, co-published by the Open University and Hodder and Stoughton, and reprinted with permission.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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