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ERIC Number: EJ956270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
From Concrete to Abstract: A Story of Passion, Proof and Pedagogy
Lawton, Fiona
Mathematics Teaching, n225 p26-27 Nov 2011
The author states her belief that mathematics is a human construct based on axiomatic systems, and that these constructs are both personal and social. She argues that to succeed in mathematics, learners' personal constructs need to be aligned with formal globally agreed mathematical conventions. Put more simply, she informs her students that learners need to construct their own mathematical understanding then, with the support of the teacher, align this to standard mathematical constructs and conventions. In this article, the author describes an enlightening experience with a learner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom