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Title: Pattern Math: a design experiment of mathematical inquiry
Authors: Janzen Roth, Evan
Supervisor: Mason, Ralph (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning)
Examining Committee: Falkenberg, Thomas (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning) Liljedahl, Peter (Simon Fraser University)
Graduation Date: October 2011
Keywords: design experiment research
mathematical inquiry
mathematical communication
thinking mathematically
conceptual understanding
mathematics education
interactive writing
zone of proximal development
Issue Date: 14-Jul-2011
Abstract: This design experiment research introduces a mathematical inquiry titled Pattern Math. The Pattern Math activities create an atmosphere where students can think mathematically, communicate mathematically and make connections between different mathematical concepts. Based on simple patterns with complex explanations, the Pattern Math activities provide students with the opportunity to develop their conceptual understanding of mathematics. Through reflections on the activities, students are able to reexamine their views of learning mathematics. This design experiment research has a narrative approach and incorporates the teaching and research technique of interactive writing. The research highlights the power of inquiry. By providing students with the opportunity to work within their zone of proximal development, the Pattern Math activities provide students with the opportunity to make mathematical discoveries and come to understand algebra and arithmetic with conceptual understanding.
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