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The Mathematics Enthusiast

Volume

18

Issue

3

Abstract

In order to analyze advances in the resolution of combinatorial situations, due to the identification, conversion and treatment of semiotic registers, two studies were carried out. In the first study, 5th grade students identified, from problems in natural language, registers in trees of possibilities, lists and numerical expressions. The second study, carried out with 5th, 7th and 9th grade students, was configured as an intervention study in which trees or lists were used as an intermediate representation of the departure register (natural language) to the arrival register (numerical expression). The results of the studies confirmed the hypothesis that the conversion to numerical expression is more complex than the conversion to trees or lists. It was also confirmed that trees are more congruent, than lists, with registers in numerical expression. It is concluded that the use of intermediate representations, such as trees or systematic lists, is a good teaching strategy for advances in the combinatorial reasoning of students in the early and middle years of schooling.

First Page

578

Last Page

611

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