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ERIC Number: EJ809619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Exemplifying Definitions: A Case of a Square
Zazkis, Rina; Leikin, Roza
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v69 n2 p131-148 Oct 2008
In this study we utilize the notion of learner-generated examples, suggesting that examples generated by students mirror their understanding of particular mathematical concepts. In particular, we explore examples generated by a group of prospective secondary school teachers for a definition of a square. Our framework for analysis includes the categories of accessibility and correctness, richness, and generality. Results shed light on participants' understanding of what a mathematical definition should entail and, moreover, contrast their pedagogical preferences with mathematical considerations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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