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Journal of Research in Childhood Education

1994 Volume 8, Number 2

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Number of articles: 8

  1. An Introduction to This Special Issue: Mathematical Learning in Computer Microworlds

    Leslie P. Steffe

    Introduces the idea of using computer microworlds--interactive software for exploration of specific concepts--for mathematics education, the theme of this issue's articles. Discusses their... More

    pp. 85-86

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  2. Theory-Based Development of Computer Microworlds

    Barry D. Biddlecomb

    Uses work on children's counting schemes and a radical constructivist orientation to describe the development of computer microworlds for the teaching of rational numbers. Suggests that the design ... More

    pp. 87-98

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  3. Interaction and Children's Mathematics

    Leslie P. Steffe & Ron Tzur

    Interprets and contrasts children's mathematical interaction from the points of view of radical constructivism and of Soviet activity theory. Proposes a superseding model based on the... More

    pp. 99-116

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  4. Cognitive Play and Mathematical Learning in Computer Microworlds

    Leslie P. Steffe & Heide G. Wiegel

    Uses the constructivist principle of active learning to explore the possibly essential elements in transforming a cognitive play activity into mathematical activity. Suggests that for such... More

    pp. 117-31

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  5. Orthogonal Reflections on Computer Microworlds, Constructivism, Play and Mathematical Understanding

    Thomas E. Kieren

    Comments on the Fractions Project presented in this same issue. Discusses two major ideas: the construction of mathematics of children and its basis and playful actions as a basis for mathematical ... More

    pp. 132-41

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  6. Rational Numbers and Rationality: What Are We Learning and What Needs to Be Done?

    Jim Kaput

    Comments on the Fraction Project presented in this same issue. Examines the choice of appropriate perspectives on the phenomena induced and observed and the generalizability of the results.... More

    pp. 142-49

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  7. Children's Constructions of Fractions and Their Implications for Classroom Instruction

    Beatriz S. D'Ambrosio & Denise Spangler Mewborn

    Comments on the Fraction Project presented in this same issue. Suggests that it has uncovered many implications for instruction. However, there are limitations as the proposed setting is restricted... More

    pp. 150-61

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  8. Building a New Model of Mathematics Learning

    John Olive

    Proposes a new model of children's mathematics by composing aspects of the Fraction Project and critiques presented in the same issue. Argues that computer microworlds provide children with dynamic... More

    pp. 162-73

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