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Topic: Re: Algebra & Fractions -Reply
Replies: 1   Last Post: Aug 15, 1995 5:33 PM

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Merle Silverman

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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

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.]

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