ERIC Number: EJ795955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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What Makes a Counterexample Exemplary?
Zazkis, Rina; Chernoff, Egan J.
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v68 n3 p195-208 Jul 2008
In this paper we describe two episodes of instructional interaction, in which examples are used in order to help students face their misconceptions. We introduce the notions of pivotal example and bridging example and highlight their role in creating and resolving a cognitive conflict. We suggest that the convincing power of counterexamples depends on the extent to which they are in accord with individuals' example spaces.
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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