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ERIC Number: EJ945757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
The Mayan Activity: A Way of Teaching Multiple Quantifications in Logical Contexts
Roh, Kyeong Hah; Lee, Yong Hah
PRIMUS, v21 n8 p685-698 2011
In this article, we suggest an instructional intervention to help students understand statements involving multiple quantifiers in logical contexts. We analyze students' misinterpretations of multiple quantifiers related to the epsilon-N definition of convergence and point out that they result from a lack of understanding of the significance of the order of the quantifiers in the definition. We introduce the Mayan activity which is designed to cause and then to help resolve students' cognitive dissonance. In particular, the Mayan stonecutter story in the activity is presented in an understandable and colloquial form so that students can recognize the independence of epsilon from N in the epsilon-N definition. Consequently, the Mayan activity can be regarded as a useful instructional intervention to study statements related to the epsilon-N definition of convergence. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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