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Use of situations in mathematics education

Use of situations in mathematics education Situations are often regarded as the panacea which guarantees ‘concretisation’ of abstract notions. Recent research results have led us to qualify this opinion. After analysing briefly the notion of situation, we raise various issues on the basis of the responses of children aged 11–15 to the ‘racing car problem’. We observed various limits brought about by the situation in the abstraction prócess, and also that the task involved more abstract notions (even pictorial) than expected. The conclusion singles out some principles ensuring a better use of situations and points out key problems such as the role of mental images and the importance of the ‘spoken’ language. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Educational Studies in Mathematics Springer Journals

Use of situations in mathematics education

Educational Studies in Mathematics , Volume 12 (1) – Feb 1, 1981

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
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Subject
Education; Mathematics Education; Mathematics, general
ISSN
0013-1954
eISSN
1573-0816
DOI
10.1007/BF00386049
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Abstract

Situations are often regarded as the panacea which guarantees ‘concretisation’ of abstract notions. Recent research results have led us to qualify this opinion. After analysing briefly the notion of situation, we raise various issues on the basis of the responses of children aged 11–15 to the ‘racing car problem’. We observed various limits brought about by the situation in the abstraction prócess, and also that the task involved more abstract notions (even pictorial) than expected. The conclusion singles out some principles ensuring a better use of situations and points out key problems such as the role of mental images and the importance of the ‘spoken’ language.

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Educational Studies in MathematicsSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 1, 1981

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