Mathematical thinking through different representations and analogy

Chun Chor Litwin CHENG

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Abstract

Mathematical thinking is a core element in mathematics education and classroom learning. This paper wish to investigate how primary four (grade 4) students develop their mathematical thinking through working on tasks in multiplication where greatest products of multiplication are required. The tasks include the format of many digit times one digit, 2 digits times 2 digits up to 3 digits times 3 digits. It is found that the process of mathematical thinking of students depends on their own representation in obtaining the product. And the solution is obtained through a pattern/analogy and "pattern plus analogy" process. This specific learning process provides data for understanding structure and mapping in problem solving. The result shows that analogy allows successful extension of solution structure in the tasks. Copyright © 2011 Korean Society of Mathematical Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-57
JournalJournal of the Korea Society of Mathematical Education Series D: Research in Mathematical Education
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

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Cheng, C. C. L. (2011). Mathematical thinking through different representations and analogy. Journal of the Korea Society of Mathematical Education Series D: Research in Mathematical Education, 15(1), 45-57.

Keywords

  • Mathematical thinking
  • Solution structure