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Author:Nancy K. Mack; Math Forum
Description: In this 1990 article, Nancy K. Mack of the University of Pittsburgh considers how informal knowledge (such as dividing a pizza) can be used to enhance formal knowledge (such as one's understanding of fractions). Informal knowledge in this context means applied knowledge, whether correct or incorrect, developed by the individual and used to solve problems in real-life situations. Mack also explores how formal algorithmic and procedural knowledge may interfere with the use of informal knowledge. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Discussion Archives, Articles
Math Topics: Fractions/Decimals/Percents
Math Ed Topics: Psychological Research

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