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What difference does it make? Children's views of the differences between some quadrilaterals

Monaghan, Frank (2000). What difference does it make? Children's views of the differences between some quadrilaterals. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 42(2) pp. 179–196.

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This paper describes an attempt to explore aspects of the language used in children’s written work in a secondary mathematics classroom as a means of assessing their mathematical understanding. It focuses on children’s conceptualisations of polygons and their attempts to differentiate between them. It also examines the use of database and concordancing software in deepening our understanding of a potentially major source of students’ (mis) conceptions: the published materials they engage with. It describes their usefulness in providing a systematic and efficient method of analysis of materials to explore patterns within them. The method is also used to identify possible sources of students’ misconceptions
about the properties of polygons based on their likely exposure to potentially misleading examples in published materials.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers
ISSN: 1573-0816
Keywords: language; mathematics; secondary; quadrilaterals; van Hiele
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 28835
Depositing User: Frank Monaghan
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 14:58
Last Modified: 27 May 2011 04:20
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