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ERIC Number: EJ779406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
The Notion of Compartmentalization: The Case of Richard
Eraslan, Ali
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v38 n8 p1065-1073 Dec 2007
One of the important phenomena observed in the learning of mathematics is compartmentalization. This phenomenon occurs when a learner has two different, potentially contradictory schemes in his or her cognitive structure; in a typical case, a student deals with the same mathematical concept in an inconsistent or incoherent way, or activates a less relevant scheme to the situation in his or her mind. This research reports a case of compartmentalization phenomenon in which Richard, a tenth-grade algebra honours student, was interviewed on quadratic tasks. Results show evidence for the existence of compartmentalization related to the vertex of a parabola. The article concludes with some suggested educational implications. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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