Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 39, Issue 1–3, pp 89–110 | Cite as

Argumentation and Conceptualization in Context: a Case Study on Sunshadows in Primary School

  • Nadia Douek


I will analyse the individual and collective activities of fourth grade students while trying to explain a schoolfellow's mistake in the use of a geometrical schema (shared by the class) of the sunshadows phenomenon. The study aims at detecting productive links between context-related argumentation, mathematical modelling (here concerning sunshadows) and conceptualization (inclination of a straight line to a plane), as well as discussing their relevance for mathematics education.

argumentation conceptualization context geometrical modelling primary school sunshadows 


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  • Nadia Douek
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  1. 1.MontreuilFrance

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