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ERIC Number: EJ851903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
A Framework for Analyzing Geometric Pattern Tasks
Friel, Susan N.; Markworth, Kimberly A.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v15 n1 p24-33 Aug 2009
Teachers can use geometric patterns to promote students' understanding of functional relationships. In this article, the authors first look at a problem-solving process that supports the use of figural reasoning to explore and interpret geometric pattern tasks and generalize function rules. Second, the authors discuss a framework for characterizing the complexities of geometric pattern tasks that might be used as applied contexts for figural reasoning. Third, the authors summarize other considerations about how the long-term and extended use of geometric pattern tasks contributes to an overall development of students' functional thinking; such considerations are also important when developing a framework. (Contains 20 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A