Number Theory in Mathematics Education Perspectives and Prospects

Number Theory in Mathematics Education Perspectives and Prospects

by Rina Zazkis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805854088

ISBN-13: 9780805854084

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book offers multiple interconnected perspectives on the largely untapped potential of elementary number theory for mathematics education: its formal and cognitive nature, its relation to arithmetic and algebra, its accessibility, its utility and intrinsic merits, to name just a few. Its purpose is to promote explication and critical dialogue about these

Overview

This book offers multiple interconnected perspectives on the largely untapped potential of elementary number theory for mathematics education: its formal and cognitive nature, its relation to arithmetic and algebra, its accessibility, its utility and intrinsic merits, to name just a few. Its purpose is to promote explication and critical dialogue about these issues within the international mathematics education community. The studies comprise a variety of pedagogical and research orientations by an international group of researchers that, collectively, make a compelling case for the relevance and importance of number theory in mathematics education in both pre K-16 settings and mathematics teacher education.

Topics variously engaged include:
*understanding particular concepts related to numerical structure and number theory;
*elaborating on the historical and psychological relevance of number theory in concept development;
*attaining a smooth transition and extension from pattern recognition to formative principles;
*appreciating the aesthetics of number structure;
*exploring its suitability in terms of making connections leading to aha! insights and reaching toward the learner's affective domain;
*reexamining previously constructed knowledge from a novel angle;
*investigating connections between technique and theory;
*utilizing computers and calculators as pedagogical tools; and
*generally illuminating the role number theory concepts could play in developing mathematical knowledge and reasoning in students and teachers.

Overall, the chapters of this book highlight number theory-related topics as a stepping-stone from arithmetic toward generalization and algebraic formalism, and as a means for providing intuitively grounded meanings of numbers, variables, functions, and proofs.

Number Theory in Mathematics Education: Perspectives and Prospects is of interest to researchers, teacher educators, and students in the field of mathematics education, and is well suited as a text for upper-level mathematics education courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805854084
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Series:
Studies in Mathematical Thinking and Learning Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. R. Zazkis, S.R. Campbell, Number Theory in Mathematics Education Research: Perspectives and Prospects. S.R. Campbell, Understanding Elementary Number Theory in Relation to Arithmetic and Algebra. J. Mason, What Makes an Example Exemplary: Pedagogical and Didactical Issues in Appreciating Multiplicative Structures. N. Sinclair, For the Beauty of Number Theory. R. Zazkis, P. Liljedahl, On the Path to Number Theory: Repeating Patterns as a Gateway. R. Leikin, Learning by Teaching: A Case of Sieve of Eratosthenes and One Elementary School Teacher. P. Liljedahl, Learning Elementary Number Theory Through a Chain of Discovery: Preservice Teachers' Encounter With Pentominoes. C. Kieran, J. Guzman, The Number Theoretic Experience of 12-to 15 Year Olds in a Calculator Environment: The Intertwining Co-Emergence of Technique and Theory. I. Lavy, Learning Number Theory Concepts Via Geometrical Interactive Computerized Setting. D. Ginat, Overlooking Number Patterns in Algorithmic Problem Solving. J.C. Smith, Revisiting Algebra in a Number Theoretical Setting.

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