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Young children's aesthetic development in the context of mathematical explanation
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME10) / [ed] Dooley, T Gueudet, G, Dublin: Dublin City University , 2017, p. 1861-1868Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Mathematicians routinely report that beauty is both a reward and a motivation for the work they do. However, how and to what extent children can appreciate mathematical beauty is an open question. This exploratory study looks at young children (ages 6-12, with a focus on the younger years) as they evaluate different explanations of claims about even numbers and triangular numbers. While our results are fairly speculative, we provide case studies which illustrate possible kinds of aesthetic reactions, and some of the factors which might impact on those reactions.

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Dublin: Dublin City University , 2017. p. 1861-1868
Keywords [en]
Aesthetics, explanation, even numbers, triangular numbers, affect
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163254ISI: 000467053302067ISBN: 978-1-873769-73-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163254DiVA, id: diva2:1353546
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10th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, Dublin, February 1-5, 2017
Available from: 2019-09-23 Created: 2019-09-23 Last updated: 2019-09-23Bibliographically approved

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