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ERIC Number: EJ875505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0740-8404
What Does Conceptual Understanding Mean?
Gordon, Florence S.; Gordon, Sheldon P.
AMATYC Review, v28 n1 p57-74 Fall 2006
All advocates of curriculum reform talk about an increased emphasis on conceptual understanding in mathematics. In this article, the authors use many examples to address the following issues: What does conceptual understanding mean, especially in introductory courses such as college algebra, precalculus, or calculus? How do we recognize its presence or absence in students? How do we develop a high level of conceptual understanding in students? How do we alter courses introductory courses to make conceptual understanding an important component? How do we assess whether students have actually developed their conceptual understanding? How do we recognize and reward students who display unexpected conceptual insights?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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