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Bolema: Boletim de Educação Matemática
On-line version ISSN 1980-4415
MENEGHETTI, Renata Cristina Geromel and REDLING, Julyette Priscila. Alternative tasks for the teaching and the learning of functions: analysis of an intervention in the High School. Bolema [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.42a, pp. 193-230. ISSN 1980-4415. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-636X2012000100010.
In this paper we focus on the application of two mathematical alternative tasks to the teaching and learning of functions with high school students. The tasks were elaborated according to the following methodological approach: (i) Problem Solving and/or mathematics investigation and (ii) a pedagogical proposal, which defends that mathematical knowledge is developed by means of a balance between logic and intuition. We employed a qualitative research approach (characterized as a case study) aimed at analyzing the didactic pedagogical potential of this type of methodology in high school. We found that tasks such as those presented and discussed in this paper provide a more significant learning for the students, allowing a better conceptual understanding, becoming still more powerful when one considers the social-cultural context of the students.
Keywords : Functions; Mathematics Investigation; Problem Solving; Pedagogical Proposal; High School; Meaningful Learning.