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Author:Michael de Villiers; Mathematics Education, Univ. of Durban-Westville, South Africa
Description: This paper argues from a theoretical standpoint that students should be actively engaged in the defining of geometric concepts like the quadrilaterals, and presents some data relating to a teaching experiment aimed at developing students' ability to define. Paper in PME 22 Proceedings, A. Olivier & K. Newstead (Eds.), 12-17 July 1998, Univ Stellenbosch, RSA.

Levels: High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Euclidean Plane Geometry, Logic/Foundations
Math Ed Topics: Constructivism

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