Developing Rules Due to the Use of Family Resemblances in Classroom Communication

  • Jessica KunstellerEmail author
Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)


In mathematics education research the recognition and utilization of similarities is highlighted in various ways, for example in the context of learning by analogies or metaphors. In this article Wittgenstein’s concept of “family resemblances” will be presented and illustrated by empirical examples. Based on this concept an overarching perspective on learning by similarities will be presented. Furthermore, different types of family resemblances will be exposed.


Family resemblences Wittgenstein Language game Abduction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mathematics Education, University of CologneCologneGermany

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