Multiple Representations: A Vehicle for Understanding Understanding

E. Paul Goldenberg

in Software Goes to School

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780195115772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848041 | DOI:
Multiple Representations: A Vehicle for Understanding Understanding

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Bridging the gap between actuality and abstraction has also been recognized in the field of mathematics. Such happening is facilitated by the multiple representation software, an instrument used to acquire reflections and ideas about people's learning ability—the process referred to as the understanding of understanding. The objective of the multiple representation approach in teaching mathematics is to provide students with a wide array of templates or means on how to better understand a certain concept. Even if the author cited examples from algebra, discussions and conclusions derived from studies will be appropriate findings in other domains as well. Generalized results are taken into account because it is argued that in order to understand the comprehension level of students, single representation of environment should not take place.

Keywords: actuality; abstraction; mathematics; multiple representation software; understanding; learning ability

Chapter.  6762 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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