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Threshold concepts: A framework for research in university mathematics education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A threshold concept is a ‘portal’ or a ‘conceptual gateway’ that leads to a previously inaccessible, and initially troublesome, way of thinking about something. A new way of understanding may thus emerge – a transformed view of the subject. The framework of threshold concepts has been used for some years in research of teaching and learning in higher education in several subjects but there are only few articles in mathematics education using this framework. The aim of this paper is to introduce threshold concepts into mathematics education. The result of searching papers in mathematics education using threshold concepts is presented. The need for more research using this framework to create a meeting point for mathematicians and educationalists and to improve students’ learning is pointed out.

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Mathematics education, students’ conceptions, threshold concepts, troublesome knowledge, university student learning
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Mathematics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66504OAI: diva2:468011
CERME7, Seventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Rzeszów, Poland, 9-13 February 2011
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2012-01-27Bibliographically approved

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