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ERIC Number: EJ1106687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Good-Enough Understanding: Theorising about the Learning of Complex Ideas (Part 1)
Zack, Vicki; Reid, David A.
For the Learning of Mathematics, v23 n3 p43-50 2003
Vicki Zack, a classroom teacher and researcher, returned to the fifth grade classroom in 1989 after more than a decade of teaching in a university faculty of education in order to teach in the changing ecologies of classrooms (with problem-solving approaches in mathematics and literature-based approaches in reading) and to research from the "inside". Since 1996, Zach and David Reid have worked together on various aspects of the children's notions of proving and convincing. In this, the first of two parts, the authors first talk about some of Margaret Mackey's thinking about the idea of "good enough", detailing some of Mackey's thinking and that of others whose thoughts have contributed to their working definition of "good enough". The authors provide a little background about themselves so that readers will know how this collaborative research arose and evolved. Finally they offer two examples of how students operate with good-enough understanding, further building on ideas gleaned from Mackey's article and those of other authors.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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