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ERIC Number: EJ974981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Encouraging Meaningful Engagement with Pictorial Patterning Tasks
Samson, Duncan
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v68 n2 p4-10 2012
Pattern generalisation has become an important feature of mathematics classrooms around the globe. Sometimes these activities focus purely on given numerical terms, but the use of pictorial or figural patterns is now becoming part of the standard repertoire for such generalisation exercises. From a pedagogic point of view, the investigation of pictorial patterns potentially allows for a meaningful way of arriving at and exploring algebraically equivalent expressions of generality. Although the presentation of generalisation tasks is an important aspect in terms of how students are likely to engage with such exercises, this is not the only consideration to be taken into account. Teachers still need a toolbox of pedagogical strategies which they can draw on to encourage visual engagement with the pictorial context. What this article contains is such a toolbox of strategies that teachers can draw on to encourage visual engagement with patterning activities presented in a pictorial context. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa