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What is a definition for in school mathematics?

Morgan, Candia (2006) What is a definition for in school mathematics? In: European Research in Mathematics Education IV: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. FUNDEMI IQS – Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, pp. 861-871.

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This paper discusses the place of definitions in school mathematics, considering official UK curriculum guidance, literature related to definitions in advanced mathematical thinking and to experimental teaching focused on student development of definitions. A two dimensional framework is suggested for considering their functions, the ways in which students are expected to relate to them and their didactic purposes. Two contrasting examples of definitions from textbooks are analysed using systemic-functional linguistic tools.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © Copyright 2006 left to the authors
Controlled Keywords: definitions; systemic-functional linguistics; textbooks; student positioning; discourse analysis
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Katie Mooney
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2009 13:55
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:46
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