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Coles, Alf; Sinclair, Nathalie – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017
In this article, we question what is an appropriate balance of ordinal and cardinal work in the early learning of number. We see an over-emphasis, in current research and practice, on the cardinal that leads, for example, to only using small numbers. We report on empirical work we have carried out in the UK and Canada that suggests the potential…
Descriptors: Number Concepts, Computer Oriented Programs, Charts, Foreign Countries
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Caron, France; Fellus, Osnat; Glanfield, Florence; Phakeng, Mamokgethi Setati; Maheux, Jean-Francois – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2017
Prior to the 2016 Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group/Groupe Canadien D'étude En Didactique Des Mathématiques (CMESG/GCEDM) meeting at Queen's University in Kingston a Pre-Conference session was organised to discuss the theme of "Challenges and opportunities related to linguistic and cultural diversity in research and publishing /…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Language Usage, Mathematics Education, Educational Research
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Chorney, Sean; Noble, Tanya; Ruttenberg-Rozen, Robyn; Phakeng, Mamokgethi Setati – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2016
This article interweaves the voices of four participants attending a Working group at the Canadian Mathematics Education Study group on the theme of social justice in 2015. The theme that emerged was learning to meet "the other" in the working group; however, interactions were not straight-forward. This article presents the reflections…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Social Justice, Discussion Groups, Social Cognition
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Borden, Lisa Lunney – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2011
As part of a larger project focused on transforming mathematics education for Aboriginal students in Atlantic Canada, this paper reports on the role of the Mi'kmaw language in mathematics teaching. Examining how mathematical concepts are described in Mi'kmaq gives insight into ways of thinking. Shifting classroom discussions to reflect Mi'kmaw…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, Foreign Countries
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Tanguay, Denis; Grenier, Denise – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2010
We report on an experiment conducted with pre-service teachers in France and in Quebec. They were submitted to a classroom situation involving regular polyhedra. We expected that through the activities of defining, of exploring and experimenting via concrete constructions and manipulation, students would reflect on the link face angle--dihedral…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geometry, Experiments, Mathematical Logic
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Radford, Luis – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2002
Describes theoretical points concerning the idea of semiotic means of objectification. Analyzes classroom activity by observing the interface between the spoken and the seen. Discusses the role of a category of linguistic terms related to actions of showing or pointing out something that constitute a key element in the mathematical discursive…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Discourse Analysis, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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Brizuela, Barbara – For the Learning of Mathematics, 1997
Argues that inventions are of the utmost importance in knowledge development, and that conventions play an important role in inventions by providing support for their development. This position borrows from Piaget's perspective regarding figurative and operative aspects of thought. Contains 22 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Strategies
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Hitchcock, Gavin – For the Learning of Mathematics, 1997
Argues for the use of multiple approaches to instruction as a way to encourage students to be active critics instead of passive recipients. Presents six classroom scenes in historical sequence that review both the mathematical story and the art of teaching. (DDR)
Descriptors: Algebra, Drama, Educational History, Educational Strategies
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Nimier, Jaques – For the Learning of Mathematics, 1993
Students (n=1420) from Belgium and Quebec and students (n=614) of the Marne department were questioned to study the different defense mechanisms they employed against mathematics. Six main ways of grouping the responses were identified: (1) phobic avoidance; (2) repression; (3) projection; (4) reparation; (5) introjection; and (6) reversal into…
Descriptors: Defense Mechanisms, Elementary Secondary Education, Fantasy, Foreign Countries