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ERIC Number: EJ794025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
The Truth about Triangles: They're All the Same...Or are They?
Matthews, Sarah
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v10 n4 p30-32 2005
The author looks at the image of the triangle and provides suggestions for teachers to expand children's perception of this geometric form. Studies have shown that when most children are asked to identify shapes, in particular triangles, they identify the equilateral triangle as the "true triangle." This article provides an overview of background theory and research of the geometric nature of triangles and suggests solutions for improving the understanding and experiences of elementary school students in the area of triangles and their properties in order to provide a solid conceptual and theoretical foundation for continuing mathematical understanding. (Contains 2 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A