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ERIC Number: EJ815105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Using Concept Cartoons
Dabell, John
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n209 p34-36 Jul 2008
Concept cartoons are cognitive drawings or "visual disagreements" that use a cartoon-style design to present mathematical conversations inside speech bubbles. The viewpoints portrayed are all different and it is this difference that acts as a catalyst for further conversations, as learners talk together to discuss their thinking. They make learners' ideas about mathematics explicit and they make mathematics interactive and discussion-based. As formative assessment tools they have real virtue because they are a highly effective way of probing learners' mathematical conceptions and, crucially, their misconceptions. In this article, the author describes how he uses concept cartoons to advance his learners' understanding of mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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