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Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 371–397 | Cite as

Humanities students and epistemological obstacles related to limits

  • Anna Sierpińska
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Abstract

The article presents a report on four 45 minute sessions with a group of 17 year old humanities students. These sessions were the first of a series organised with the aim of exploring the possibilities of elaborating didactical situations that would help the students overcome epistemological obstacles related to limits. Students' attitudes pertinent to the development of the notion of limit, as well as changes of these attitudes, are described and analysed.

Keywords

Temporal Aspect Infinite Sequence Irrational Number Humanity Student Didactical Situation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Sierpińska
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  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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