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ERIC Number: EJ890477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Struggling to Untangle the Associative and Commutative Properties
Larsen, Sean
For the Learning of Mathematics, v30 n1 p37-42 2010
In the context of a teaching experiment in elementary group theory, interesting difficulties arose as undergraduate students struggled to make sense of the meaning of the associative property as they reinvented the group concept. A subsequent exploration of the research literature revealed similar difficulties have been observed in research with teachers and middle school children. Drawing on this literature and the theory of Realistic Mathematics Education, an analysis of these difficulties is presented in order to develop an explanation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A