Visual strategy and algebraic expression: Two sides of the same problem?

Shai Olsher, Rina Hershkowitz

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It has been advocated that the search for patterns and their organization in mathematical language is a central component of mathematical thinking. Hershkowitz, Arcavi and Bruckheimer (2001) investigated problem solving processes of a "visual-pattern-problem" which start with visual strategies for reorganizing the visual pattern and ended in a formal algebraic expression as a solution. In this study we had decided to use the same problem for investigating also a process in an opposite direction: starting from a given algebraic expression, analyzing it in a way that uncovers the visual strategies which are behind the algebraic components of the given expression.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of 67th annual conference of the International commission for the study and improvement of mathematics education (CIEAEM 67)
EditorsC. Sabena, B. Di Paola
Place of PublicationPalermo, Italy
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015

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