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Words and Worlds: Modeling Verbal Descriptions of Situations

Lieven Verschaffel (Editor), Brian Greer (Editor), Wim Van Dooren (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 9087909373 / ISBN 13: 9789087909376
Editorial: Sense Publishers, 2009
Nuevos Condición: New Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Ergodebooks (RICHMOND, TX, Estados Unidos de America)

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Título: Words and Worlds: Modeling Verbal ...

Editorial: Sense Publishers

Año de publicación: 2009

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:New

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In this book, the reader is invited to enter a strange world in which you can tell the age of the captain by counting the animals on his ship, where runners do not get tired, and where water gets hotter when you add it to other water. It is the world of a curious genre, known as "word problems" or "story problems". It originated in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, and India, and is the subject of daily rituals among students and teachers in mathematics classrooms all around the world. An international group of scholars with a shared interest in this phenomenon explore multiple aspects of this world from multiple perspectives. These discussions take us deep into philosophical issues of the relationships between words, mathematical systems, and the physical and social worlds we all inhabit. Empirical investigations are reported that throw light on how students and their teachers experience and interpret this activity, raising profound questions about the nature and purposes of mathematics teaching/learning in general and how it could be improved.

About the Author:

Brian Greer is a Full Professor, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, San Diego State University.
Gerry Mulhern is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast.

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