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Glasersfeld E. von (1983) Learning as a constructive activity. In: Bergeron J. C. & Herscovics N. (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th Annual Meeting of the North American Group of Psychology in Mathematics Education, Vol. 1. PME-NA, Montreal: 41–101. Fulltext at http://cepa.info/1373
Excerpt: If the goal of the teacher’s guidance is to generate understanding, rather than train specific performance, his task will clearly be greatly facilitated if that goal can be represented by an explicit model of the concepts and operations that we assume to be the operative source of mathematical competence. More important still, if students are to taste something of the mathematician’s satisfaction in doing mathematics, they cannot be expected to find it in whatever rewards they might be given for their performance but only through becoming aware of the neatness of fit they have achieved in their own conceptual construction.
Key words: cognition, education
German translation: Chapter 22 in Glasersfeld E. von (1987) The construction of knowledge: Contributions to conceptual semantics, Chapter 1 in Claude Janvier (ed.) Problems of representation in the teaching of and learning of mathematics, Lawrence Erlbaum, 1987, Chapter 15 in Glasersfeld E. von (1987) The construction of knowledge: Contributions to conceptual semantics, Reprinted as chapter 1 in Glasersfeld E. von (2008) Key works in radical constructivism. Edited by M. Larochelle

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