Investigating the function concept learning from the previous knowledge and the social interactions

This paper reports a research about the influences of previous ideas and social interaction in learning of function concept carried out with 8th grade students of a public school. Comparing moments of individual work with interactions situations we observed that the circumstances where interactions occurs, a greater comprehension of concept and how it enables abstraction and generalization was made possible whereas this did not occur in the situation where individual work was carried out.

Learning; previous ideas; social interaction; function concept

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação para a Ciência, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Faculdade de Ciências, campus de Bauru. Av. Engenheiro Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 14-01, Campus Universitário - Vargem Limpa CEP 17033-360 Bauru - SP/ Brasil , Tel./Fax: (55 14) 3103 6177 - Bauru - SP - Brazil