Title A Study of Concrete and Formal Operations in School Mathematics: A Piagetian Viewpoint
Binding Glossy Soft Cover
Book Condition Good
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Australia Australian Council Educational Research (ACER) 1975
0855631260 / 9780855631260
Seller ID 055049
204 indexed pages including diagrams, graphs, tables and bibliography. The work described in this book is of interest to three groups of professional people: teachers; especially teachers of mathematics, teacher educators, and psychologists. It presents an interpretation of Piaget's formulation of the concrete-operational to formal-operational level of the cognitive functioning continuum by using material from elementary mathematics. The proposal is made that concrete-operational level reasoning can be distinguished from formal-operational by its dependence on empirical cues, the movement up the continuum being marked by a lessening dependence upon empirical support. Reality for a child in this context is seen as being bound up with the notion of closure or uniqueness which, in its turn, is related to both the kind of elements operated upon, and the number and type of operations involved.