# Sense-making in learning mathematics : An act of comprehension or creation?

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Scheiner, Thorsten and Pinto, Marcia M. F.. (2022). Sense-making in learning mathematics : An act of comprehension or creation?

*For the Learning of Mathematics.*42(3), pp. 16-20.

Authors | Scheiner, Thorsten and Pinto, Marcia M. F. |
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Abstract | Earlier approaches to sense-making in mathematics have looked at the ways students comprehend a mathematical concept. Recent research suggests that some students make sense not only of mathematical objects that have a being, but also of objects that have yet to become. In such cases, learning mathematics is not just an act of comprehending a given mathematical concept, but rather an act of creating a mathematical concept that has yet to come into being. In this paper, we argue that this act of creation is better referred to as meaning-making than sense-making, bringing to the fore the distinction between acts of comprehension and acts of creation. Recognising learning mathematics as both sense-making and meaning-making allows better acknowledging the reciprocal relationship between mathematical concept and mathematical conception, a relationship constituted by the interplay of comprehension and creation. |

Year | 2022 |

Journal | For the Learning of Mathematics |

Journal citation | 42 (3), pp. 16-20 |

Publisher | Faculty of Education, Queen's University |

ISSN | 0228-0671 |

Web address (URL) | https://flm-journal.org/Articles/2FF810BF1953BAD718916533F07E19.pdf |

https://flm-journal.org/index.php?do=details&lang=en&vol=42&num=3&pages=16-20&ArtID=1395 | |

Page range | 16-20 |

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Output status | Published |

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Online | 2022 |

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Deposited | 19 Jul 2023 |

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/8z557/sense-making-in-learning-mathematics-an-act-of-comprehension-or-creation

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