The handling of geometry definitions in school textbooks
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|Michael de Villiers; Mathematics Education, Univ. of Durban-Westville, South Africa|
|Some historical background and a discussion of the value of students constructing their own understanding of mathematical proofs; misconceptions that arise from ready-made definitions; and the advantage of a constructivist approach, which allows pupils to formulate their own definitions irrespective of whether they are partitional or hierarchical. An editorial that appeared in Pythagoras 38, pp. 3-4, Dec 1995 - the official journal of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA).|
|Levels:||High School (9-12)|
|Math Topics:||Euclidean Plane Geometry, Logic/Foundations|
|Math Ed Topics:||Constructivism|
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