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ERIC Number: EJ1173550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Explanatory Unification by Proofs in School Mathematics
Komatsu, Kotaro; Fujita, Taro; Jones, Keith; Naoki, Sue
For the Learning of Mathematics, v38 n1 p31-37 2018
Kitcher's idea of 'explanatory unification', while originally proposed in the philosophy of science, may also be relevant to mathematics education, as a way of enhancing student thinking and achieving classroom activity that is closer to authentic mathematical practice. There is, however, no mathematics education research treating explanatory unification in detail. In this article, we address this issue by illustrating explanatory unification of statements by proofs with a classroom episode involving an 8th grade class tackling 'star polygon' tasks. Based on analysing this episode, we suggest that another benefit of explanatory unification in mathematics education is in fostering mathematical understanding.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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