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How do adults perceive, analyse and measure slope?


Duncan, B and Chick, H, How do adults perceive, analyse and measure slope?, Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 7-11 July 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 258-265. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Slope is a mathematical concept that is both fundamental to the study of advanced calculusand commonly perceived in everyday life. The measurement of steepness of terrain as a ratio is an example of an everyday application the concept of slope. In this study, a group of pre-service teachers were tested for their capacity to mathematize the measurement of steepness. Findings suggest that accuracy in the measurement of steepness may be related to success in linear algebra as they are both related to the perception of slope as a ratio.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Duncan, B (Mr Bruce Duncan)
UTAS Author:Chick, H (Associate Professor Helen Chick)
ID Code:85617
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-24
Last Modified:2018-03-18

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