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ERIC Number: EJ1094427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Analyzing Mathematics Textbooks through a Constructive-Empirical Perspective on Abstraction: The Case of Pythagoras' Theorem
Yang, Kai-Lin
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n4 p913-930 Apr 2016
This study aims at analyzing how Pythagoras' theorem is handled in three versions of Taiwanese textbooks using a conceptual framework of a constructive-empirical perspective on abstraction, which comprises three key attributes: the generality of the object, the connectivity of the subject and the functionality of diagrams as the focused semiotic tool. The results show that Taiwanese textbooks intended to develop the object through the variation among the levels of generality as well as between more and less familiar connections. The procedural diagrams were less provided than the conceptual diagrams, and the diagrams required more processing were less provided than the diagrams required less processing. Nonetheless, there were differences among the three textbooks. On the basis of similarities and differences, we discuss issues related to the learning and teaching of mathematics.
EURASIA. Gazi Egitim Fakultesi, K Blok 210, Teknikokullar, Ankara, 06500 Turkey. Tel: +90-312-202-8192; Fax: +90-312-222-8483; e-mail: editor.eurasiajournal@gmail.com; Web site: http://www.ejmste.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan