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Humanities Students and Epistemological Obstacles Related to Limits

Anna Sierpińska
Educational Studies in Mathematics
Vol. 18, No. 4 (Nov., 1987), pp. 371-397
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3482354
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

The article presents a report on four 45 minute sessions with a group of 17 year old humanities students. These sessions were the first of a series organised with the aim of exploring the possibilities of elaborating didactical situations that would help the students overcome epistemological obstacles related to limits. Students' attitudes pertinent to the development of the notion of limit, as well as changes of these attitudes, are described and analysed.

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