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Title: Developing Purposeful Mathematical Thinking: a Curious Tale of Apple Trees
Authors: Ainley, Janet Mary
First Published: Mar-2012
Publisher: Grupo de Investigación Didáctica de la Matemática: Pensamiento Numérico, (FQM-193)
Citation: PNA, 2012, 6 (3), pp. 85-103
Abstract: In this paper I explore aspects of the ways in which school mathematics relates to the "real" world, and argue that this relationship is an uneasy one. Through exploring the causes of this unease, I aim to expose some problems in the ways in which context is used within mathematics education, and argue that the use of context does not ensure that the purposes of mathematics are made transparent. I present and discuss a framework for task design that adopts a different perspective on mathematical understanding, and on purposeful mathematical thinking.
ISSN: 1886-1350
eISSN: 1887-3987
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2012, the author. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND).
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