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ERIC Number: EJ1102434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Examining Students' Generalizations of the Tangent Concept: A Theoretical Perspective
Çekmez, Erdem; Baki, Adnan
PRIMUS, v26 n5 p466-484 2016
The concept of a tangent is important in understanding many topics in mathematics and science. Earlier studies on students' understanding of the concept of a tangent have reported that they have various misunderstandings and experience difficulties in transferring their knowledge about the tangent line from Euclidean geometry into calculus. In this study, we examine students' understanding of the tangent concept from the viewpoint of generalization. The findings of the study reveal differences in students' generalizations regarding the tangent concept. We discuss the causes of these differences and provide a theory to account for them. In light of the results, some suggestions are made for improving the teaching of the concept of a tangent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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