Students’ conceptions about the formula for a rectangle’s area and some similarities to its historical context
In this paper, we focus on a debate between grade 6 students about the formula for a rectangle’s area, emerging during a 2-hours teaching, and raising questions about the possibility of using history in order to design a hypothetical learning/teaching trajectory of rectangle’s area, and we analyse students’ conceptions/misconceptions in relation to the historical context of area measurement.
Eugenia Koleza is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Department of Primary Education, University of Patras, Greece. She is member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Journal for Mathematics in Education and of the Editorial Board of the journal Mathematical Review. She is one of the Editors of the journal Critical Science & Education and Vice-President of the Hellenic Society of History, Philosophy and Didactics of the Sciences.