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ERIC Number: EJ796786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
Exploring Informal Mathematical Products of Low Achievers at the Secondary School Level
Karsenty, Ronnie; Arcavi, Abraham; Hadas, Nurit
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v26 n2 p156-177 2007
This article examines the notion of informal mathematical products, in the specific context of teaching mathematics to low achieving students at the secondary school level. The complex and relative nature of this notion is illustrated and some of its characteristics are suggested. These include the use of ad-hoc strategies, mental calculations, idiosyncratic ideas, everyday rather than mathematical language, non-symbolic explanations, visual justifications and common-sense based reasoning. The main argument raised in the article concerns the challenge of valuing informal mathematical products, created by low achievers, and using them within the mathematics classroom as means for advancing such students. The data draws from several research and design projects conducted in Israel since 1991. Selected examples of students' products, gathered from low-track mathematics classrooms involved in these projects, are presented and analyzed. The analyses highlight various features of such products, and portray the possible gains of teaching approaches that legitimize, and build onwards from, informal products of low achievers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel