MathEd Studies Tag: concepts

Tag: concepts

Extension of number concepts to integers

In the paper Using intuition from everyday life in ‘filling’ the gap in children’s extension of their concept to include negative numbers, the authors reports an instructional method designed to address the cognitive gaps in children’s mathematical development where operational conceptions give rise to structural conceptions (such as when the subtraction process leads to the negative number concept). The…

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A study on building understanding of algebraic variables

Algebra has been recognised for some time as a difficult topic for many secondary school students. Discovering the best way(s) of introducing algebra into the students’ experience and fostering understanding has stimulated much discussion and research. An understanding of the concept of variable is fundamental to further student progress in algebra. The paper of Graham and Thomas describes…

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