Combining and Contrasting Formal Concept Analysis and APOS Theory

  • Uta Priss
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10872)


This paper investigates how two different theories (FCA and APOS Theory) complement each other with respect to applications in mathematics education research. APOS Theory is a constructivist theory concerned with mathematical learning whereas FCA is a mathematical theory itself. Together both theories provide different insights into how conceptual structures can be modelled and learned: FCA provides a model for a structural analysis of mathematical concepts and APOS Theory highlights the challenges involved in learning concepts that are complex and abstract.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zentrum für erfolgreiches Lehren und LernenOstfalia University of Applied SciencesWolfenbüttelGermany

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