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Re: Algebra & Fractions Reply
Posted:
Aug 15, 1995 4:30 PM


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I have not studied mathematics beyond calculus, however, I fail to understand the following comment from Kreg Sherbine. In my experience, all fractions refer to some concrete thing, therefore why the need to study the numbers out of context?
Merle Silverman Product Development, Dale Seymour Publications merlesi@aw.com
>>>> In other words, using pizza and money to introduce the need for fractions is fine and good, but at some point the fractions themselves, rather than simply the things to which the fractions refer, should become objects of discourse. [Incidentally, this shift characterizes reflective discourse as defined by Cobb, Boufi, McClain, and Whitenack and hearkens back to Ron Ward's question on the nature of reflection in a constructivist view of the classroom, be it math, math ed, or otherwise.]



