Number Theory, Dialogue, and the Use of Spreadsheets in Teacher Education

Spreadsheets in Education. 2011;4(3)

 

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Journal Title: Spreadsheets in Education

ISSN: 1448-6156 (Online)

Publisher: Bond University

LCC Subject Category: Education: Special aspects of education

Country of publisher: Australia

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Sergei Abramovich

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 6 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

This paper demonstrates the use of a spreadsheet in teaching topics in elementary number theory. It emphasizes both the power and deficiency of inductive reasoning using a number of historically significant examples. The notion of computational experiment as a modern approach to the teaching of mathematics is discussed. The paper, grounded in a teacher-student dialogue as an instructional method, is a reflection on the author’s work over the years with prospective teachers of secondary mathematics.