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Eliciting Mathematical Thinking of Students through Realistic Mathematics Education

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Author(s): Lathiful Anwar | I Ketut Budayasa | Siti M. Amin | Dede de Haan

Journal: Journal on Mathematics Education
ISSN 2087-8885

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Realistic Mathematics Education | mathematical thinking | a sequence of instructional activities

ABSTRACT
This paper focuses on an implementation a sequence of instructionalactivities about addition of fractions that has been developed andimplemented in grade four of primary school in Surabaya, Indonesia.The theory of Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) has been applied in the sequence, which aims to assist low attaining learners in supporting students’ thinking in the addition of fractions. Based on the premise that eliciting and addressing learners’ alternative conceptions in mathematics is beneficial in assisting them to improve their understanding, the paper seeks to explore the role that RME plays pertaining to this particular supposition. The paper presents and discusses examples of learners’ responses to contextual problems given to them during the course of the instructional activities.
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