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ERIC Number: EJ906686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0819-4564
Cognitive Development of Applying the Chain Rule through Three Worlds of Mathematics
Kabael, Tangul Uygur
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, v24 n2 p14-28 2010
The derivative of a composite function, taken with the chain rule is one of the important notions in calculus. This paper describes a study conducted in Turkey that shows that the chain rule was given with the formula in function notation and/or the Leibniz notation without relating these formulas to life-related problem situations in the mathematics teaching program. As a result of changes in the teaching program in Turkey, the instructional way of presenting the chain rule changed focus to encourage students to obtain the chain rule with some life-related problem situations. Applications of the chain rule to life-related situations are suggested as a learning experience in the Queensland Curriculum (QSA, 2009). On the other hand, verifying the chain rule by using either or both graphing software/graphics calculator and an algebraic approach is considered for developing teaching and learning strategies of the chain rule in the mathematics teaching program of South Australia (SACE Board of South Australia, 2009). (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Turkey