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ERIC Number: EJ864268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Choice and Use of Examples as a Window on Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
Chick, Helen
For the Learning of Mathematics, v29 n3 p26-30 2009
Examples play a central role in mathematics learning and teaching. Although they involve specific situations, their purpose is to exemplify more general mathematical principles. A critical task of teaching, therefore, is to choose appropriate examples and implement them in pedagogically productive ways. This study considers the examples used by two teachers working with the topic of ratio and provides insight into mathematical knowledge for teaching. Critical to such a study is the issue of what an example can "afford" or offer in terms of illustrative power. Examining affordances highlights that constructing examples that illustrate general principles successfully is specialised content knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A