The design of geometry teaching: learning from the geometry textbooks of Godfrey and Siddons


Fujita, Taro and Jones, Keith (2002) The design of geometry teaching: learning from the geometry textbooks of Godfrey and Siddons. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 22, (2), 13-18.

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Deciding how to teach geometry remains a demanding task with one of major arguments being about how to combine the intuitive and deductive aspects of geometry into an effective teaching design. In order to try to obtain an insight into tackling this issue, this paper reports an analysis of innovative geometry textbooks which were published in the early part of the 20th Century, a time when significant efforts were being made to improve the teaching and learning of geometry. The analysis suggests that the notion of the ‘geometrical eye’, the ability to see geometrical properties detach themselves from a figure, might be a potent tool for building effectively on geometrical intuition so as to provide a bridge into deductive geometry.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1463-6840 (print)
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Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning, geometry, mathematics, England, geometric, geometrical, textbook, deductive reasoning, proof, conjecturing, inductive reasoning, school, mathematical, textbooks, Godfrey, Siddons
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics & Science Education
ePrint ID: 41292
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2014 11:00
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41292

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