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Role of Axiomatization in Math & Math Ed

Role of Axiomatization in Math & Math Ed

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Published by Michael de Villiers
This presentation is based on a 1986 paper which analyzed the role of axiomatization in mathematics and mathematics education by distinguishing two distinct kinds of axiomatization, namely, constructive and descriptive axiomatization.

It also characterizes the traditional axiomatic-deductive approach, criticizing it, and proposing instead a reconstructive approach to teaching mathematics meaningfully.
This presentation is based on a 1986 paper which analyzed the role of axiomatization in mathematics and mathematics education by distinguishing two distinct kinds of axiomatization, namely, constructive and descriptive axiomatization.

It also characterizes the traditional axiomatic-deductive approach, criticizing it, and proposing instead a reconstructive approach to teaching mathematics meaningfully.

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Published by: Michael de Villiers on Jan 30, 2009
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The Role of Axiomatisation inMathematicsand MathematicsTeaching
Michael de Villiers
Kennesaw State University(University KwaZulu-Natal)
Originally published 1986, Univ of Stellenboschprofmd@mweb.co.za
 
 
Constructive Axiomatization
Constructive ("
a priori 
") axiomatizationtakes place when a given set of axiomsis changed through the
exclusion
,
generalization
,
replacement 
or 
addition
 of axioms (or subsets of axioms) tothat set, from which totally new contentis then constructed in a logicaldeductive way (See Human (1978,164-165); compare Krygowska (1971,129).
 
 
ExistingAxiomsVariationof AxiomsFurther Deduction
NewTheorems
The development of the non-Euclidean geometries essentiallytook place in this manner. For instance, the variation of thePlayfair axiom in the axiom set of Euclidean Geometry by Bolyai(1802-1860) and Lobachevsky(1793-1856), led via logicaldeduction, to the discovery of thehyperbolic geometry. In this case,new results and theorems werederived from previouslyformulated axioms; therefore,
"a priori" 
.

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