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ERIC Number: EJ861564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Students' Perceptions of Institutional Practices: The Case of Limits of Functions in College Level Calculus Courses
Hardy, Nadia
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v72 n3 p341-358 Dec 2009
This paper presents a study of instructors' and students' perceptions of the knowledge to be learned about limits of functions in a college level Calculus course, taught in a North American college institution. I modeled these perceptions using a theoretical framework that combines elements of the Anthropological Theory of the Didactic, developed in mathematics education, with a framework for the study of institutions developed in political science. While a model of the instructors' perceptions could be formulated mostly in mathematical terms, a model of the students' perceptions included an eclectic mixture of mathematical, social, cognitive, and didactic norms. I describe the models and illustrate them with examples from the empirical data on which they have been built.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
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