n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Pitfalls of personally constructed learning devices

Volume 2010, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


As a mathematics teacher of several years, I have always taken an interest in what students write down on their homework and/or test papers. Especially intriguing are the scribblings that are foreign to me but seem to assist the student in problem solving. Here I do not speak of recurring slips in mathematical notation or even the occasional error in transcribing formulas from memory. Instead, I speak of the highly personal and admittedly invented expressions whose meanings continue to elude me. For example, I can understand "tan = sec2" even if mildly insulted by its sloppiness - but things like DOKIDI and BBB slip right by me.

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