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Tackling trigonometry - up the slippery slope?

Gough, John 2001, Tackling trigonometry - up the slippery slope?, Vinculum, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 19-23.

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Title Tackling trigonometry - up the slippery slope?
Author(s) Gough, John
Journal name Vinculum
Volume number 38
Issue number 3
Start page 19
End page 23
Publisher Mathematical Association of Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2001-09
ISSN 0157-759X
Keyword(s) knowledge base for teaching
learning processes
mathematics education
mathematics teachers
secondary school mathematics
teaching process
trigonometry
secondary education
Summary This paper challenges mathematics teachers to go back and re-examine ideas as far as possible from the genuine beginner's point of view rather than in terms of being experts on the subject. It suggests tasks that teachers can do to achieve this. Topics covered are the shock of the new, the best single short lesson on trigonometry, the difficulty of remembering not knowing, first student trigonometric steps (scouts and flagpoles), first human steps in trigonometry (examining the stars), rotation becomes number, showing relations and learning ideas, plus a lengthy discussion on trigonometry.
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category M Media article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015179

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Scientific and Developmental Studies in Education
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