ERIC Number: EJ418981
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1990
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Inconsistent Ideas Related to Definitions and Examples.
Wilson, Patricia S.
Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, v12 n3-4 p31-47 Sum-Fall 1990
Described are inconsistencies, definitions, and examples and their complex relationship which can be used to interpret students' reactions to the geometric tasks used to investigate inconsistencies in student thinking. Discusses the nature of definitions, the value of precise vocabulary, the use and limitations of prototypes, and the power of logical reasoning. (KR)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Dissonance, Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Educational Strategies, Elementary School Mathematics, Geometry, Logical Thinking, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Misconceptions, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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