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ERIC Number: EJ891285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1386-4416
Mathematically Based and Practically Based Explanations in the Elementary School: Teachers' Preferences
Levenson, Esther; Tsamir, Pessia; Tirosh, Dina
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v13 n4 p345-369 Aug 2010
This article focuses on elementary school teachers' preferences for mathematically based (MB) and practically based (PB) explanations. Using the context of even and odd numbers, it explores the types of explanations teachers generate on their own as well as the types of explanations they prefer after reviewing various explanations. It also investigates the basis for these preferences. Results show that teacher-generated explanations include more MB explanations than PB explanations. However, many still choose to use mostly PB explanations in their classrooms, believing that these explanations will be most convincing to their students. The implications for teacher education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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