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Staats, Susan; Laster, Lori Ann – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

This comment on Gascón & Nicolás (2017) explores relationships between mathematics education research and conceptualizations of time. Using Fabian's critique of temporal perspectives in anthropological research (1983) and Lemke's framework of timescales (2000), we consider ways in which implicit attitudes towards time in research can position…

Descriptors: Time Perspective, Time, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts

Dawkins, Paul Christian – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

This paper sets forth a construct that describes how many undergraduate students understand mathematical terms to refer to mathematical objects, namely that they only refer to those objects that satisfy the term. I call this students' pronominal sense of reference (PSR) because it means they treat terms as pronouns that point to objects, like…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students

Oktaç, Asuman; Trigueros, María; Romo, Avenilde – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

Certain aspects of theoretical frameworks in mathematics education can remain unexplained in the literature, hence unnoticed by the readers. It is thus interesting to participate in a dialogue where they can be discussed and compared in terms of the aims, objects studied, results and their relation to teaching. This study is focused on how APOS…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learning Theories, Knowledge Level, Constructivism (Learning)

Venkat, Hamsa; Askew, Mike; Watson, Anne; Mason, John – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

In this paper, we provide an elaboration of the notion of mathematical structure -- a term agreed upon as valuable but difficult to define. We pull apart the terminology surrounding the notion of structure in mathematics: relationship, generalising/generalisation and properties, and offer an architecture of structure that distinguishes and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra, Mathematical Formulas

Andrà, Chiara; Rouleau, Annette; Liljedahl, Peter; di Martino, Pietro – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

Tensions are an integral part of mathematics teachers' practice and have been recognised as playing a pivotal role in guiding teachers' choices, and in driving teacher change. Professional development particularly elicits dilemmas. Tensions appear to be a crucial aspect of mathematics teacher education and therefore a deeper understanding of…

Descriptors: Faculty Development, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers

Brown, Stacy – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

Recognizing identity not only as an important educational outcome but also as being inter-related to students' knowledge and practice, this paper explores an affordance of proof scripts; exploring students' identities. Specifically, drawing on data from teaching experiments and the construct of perceptual ambiguity, this paper presents an analysis…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Validity, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics

Godino, Juan D.; Baternero, Carmen; Font, Vicenç – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

We present a synthesis of the Onto-semiotic Approach (OSA) theoretical system to mathematical knowledge and instruction, while highlighting the problems, principles and research methods that are addressed in this approach and considering the didactics of mathematics as a scientific and technological discipline. We suggest that Didactics should…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Knowledge Level

Gjære, Åsmund Lillevik; Blank, Natalia – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

L.V. Zankov (1901-1977), a student and colleague of Vygotsky, developed a system of developmental education for elementary education through 20 years of extensive research. Since 2009, a number of Norwegian schools have been using textbooks in mathematics based on Zankov's system. In this article, we present and discuss the experiences of some…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers

Norton, Anderson – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

Felix Klein's Erlangen program classifies geometries based on the kinds of geometric transformations that preserve key properties of their figures, rather than focusing on the geometric figures themselves. This shift in perspective, from figurative to operative, fits Piaget's characterization of mathematical development. This paper considers how…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Geometry

Heyd-Metzuyanim, Einat – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

In this theoretical paper, I examine the similarities and incommensurabilties between studies using the term "beliefs", and discursive frameworks studying "identity". I start by reviewing critiques against beliefs research voiced from discourse and socio-culturally oriented researchers in the field of mathematics education. I…

Descriptors: Self Concept, Mathematics Education, Beliefs, Sociocultural Patterns

Wasserman, Nicholas – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

In combinatorics, combinatorial notation, e.g., C(n, r), is explicitly defined as a numerical value, a cardinality. Yet, we do not use another symbol to signify the set of outcomes--the collection of objects being referenced, whose cardinality is, for example, C(n, r). For an expert, this duality in notation, of signifying both cardinality and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Symbols (Mathematics), Equations (Mathematics)

Dimmel, Justin; Milewski, Amanda – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

We describe how a group of secondary mathematics teachers posed and solved a real-world problem. The problem was posed by teachers on a sandbar off the coast of an island in the Bahamas, where panoramic views of water meeting sky spurred the teachers to wonder how far away they could see. We analyze how the teachers translated the natural…

Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Problem Solving, Relevance (Education)

Niss, Mogens – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

The purpose of this paper is to discuss a phenomenon that has evolved in mathematics education research journal articles during the last three decades, namely the 'ideal-typical' research paper. By not reflecting today's multi-faceted reality of the field, the ideal-typical research paper represents a far too narrow and rigid understanding of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational Research, Journal Articles, Text Structure

Ryan, Ulrika – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

In this article, I examine how a focus on preciseness in the mathematics classroom could affect group activity. The preciseness relates to the ways mathematical concepts, in this case angles are described in discourse between students. In this context, I consider how 'micro-invalidations', can limit students' opportunities to learn in a social and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Epistemology, Mathematical Concepts, Foreign Countries

Palatnik, Alik; Koichu, Boris – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019

This study aims to explore a phenomenon of a one-off manifestation of mathematical creativity on the part of a student, against the background of her normative and not especially creative behavior--a flash of creativity. We seek to elaborate on this phenomenon in terms of the 4P (person, press, process and product) model of creativity. Namely,…

Descriptors: Creativity, Mathematics Instruction, Models, Personality Traits