Abstracting by constructing and revising a ‘partially correct construct’ : a case study
Williams, Gaye 2010, Abstracting by constructing and revising a ‘partially correct construct’ : a case study, in MERGA 2010 : Shaping the future of mathematics education : Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA, Fremantle W.A., pp. 634-641.
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MERGA 2010 : Shaping the future of mathematics education : Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Sparrow, Len Kissane, Barry Hurst, Chris
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference
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This study draws on data from a broader video-stimulated interview study of the role of optimism in collaborative problem solving. It examines the activity of a Grade 5 student, Tom, whose initial constructing activity resulted in a ‘Partially Correct Construct’. Insistent questioning from another group member pressuring for clarification led to Tom developing a ‘more correct construct’ with further potential for revision. This paper raises questions about influences that can stimulate or inhibit construct refinement.
Field of Research
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
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