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\iteman{ZMATH 2014e.00508}
\itemau{Eberle, R. Scott}
\itemti{The role of children's mathematical aesthetics: the case of tessellations.}
\itemso{J. Math. Behav. 35, 129-143 (2014).}
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Summary: In order to understand the role of mathematical aesthetics in the classroom and how it promotes mathematical learning, we must first understand children's current aesthetic values. Six children, ages 8--10, were interviewed as they explored tessellations for the first time. The students repeatedly used certain aesthetic themes. Further interviews revealed mathematicians invoked the same themes, though in different ways. The students' aesthetic criteria motivated their explorations, guided their creation of tessellations, and informed their evaluations. Rather than being an optional topic, mathematical aesthetics may be foundational for children's mathematical thinking, just as it is for mathematicians'.
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\itemcc{G22 G92 C22}
\itemut{geometry education; tessellation; tiling; mathematical aesthetics; elementary education}
\itemli{doi:10.1016/j.jmathb.2014.07.004}
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