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Analysing Abstraction in English & Taiwanese Secondary Mathematics Textbooks

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n this talk I will outline an emergent analytical framework, an adaptation of Orit Hazzan’s three perspectives on abstraction, for use in analysing textbooks. The three perspectives are described as familiarity, operationality and simplificability. Familiarity refers to the extent to which didactic materials reflect that which is already understood by the learner; operationality refers to the extent to which didactic materials provide scaffolding support; and simplificability refers to the extent to which the didactic materials exploit transformations. The framework has been used on English and Taiwanese textbooks to examine the extent to which abstraction, as a mathematical process, is supported.

This talk is part of the Faculty of Education Seminars series.

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