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Author:Alice Leonard
Description: Walkerdine and Corran's (1979) paper showed how psychosemiology may account for developmental data as a potentially fruitful alternative to the better known stage theories, like that of Piaget. They argued that learning mathematics is an ideal activity to facilitate children's cognitive development and that the use of a semiotic analysis provides valuable insight into the internal mechanisms of the learning process. Leonard's paper extends the semiotic analysis to the secondary mathematics' curriculum. As a secondary maths. teacher, she is interested in both how best to describe child-like and mathematician-like thought and how best to promote their fusion. In this paper, she discusses such issues, illustrating them with observations drawn from her classroom experience.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Psychology
Math Ed Topics: Psychological Research

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