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THE MONTANA MATHEMATICS ENTHUSIAST

ISSN 1551-3440
Vol.6, Nos.1&2, January 2009, pp.1-294

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editorial Information

0. TO PUBLISH OR NOT TO PUBLISH?- THAT IS THE (EDITORIAL) QUESTION
Bharath Sriraman (USA)…………………………………………………...………………………..pp.1-2

FEATURE THEMES
STATISTICS EDUCATION/MER1 IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

1. TEACHER KNOWLEDGE AND STATISTICS: WHAT TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE
ARE USED IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM?
Tim Burgess (New Zealand)………………………………………………………………………..pp.3-24

2. WHAT MAKES A “GOOD” STATISTICS STUDENT AND A “GOOD” STATISTICS
TEACHER IN SERVICE COURSES?
Sue Gordon, Peter Petocz and Anna Reid (Australia)……………………………………..….pp.25-40

3. STUDENTS’ CONCEPTIONS ABOUT PROBABILITY AND ACCURACY
Ignacio Nemirovsky, Mónica Giuliano, Silvia Pérez, Sonia Concari , Aldo Sacerdoti and
Marcelo Alvarez (Argentina)..............................................................................................pp.41-46

4. UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT DIFFICULTIES WITH INDEPENDENT AND
MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE EVENTS CONCEPTS
Adriana D'Amelio (Argentina)……………………………………………………………………pp.47-56

5. ENHANCING STATISTICS INSTRUCTION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:
INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris (Cyprus), Efi Paparistodemou (Cyprus) & Despina Stylianou(USA)
………………………………………………………………………………………………..………pp.57-78

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Mathematics Education Research
6. TEACHING STATISTICS MUST BE ADAPTED TO CHANGING
CIRCUMSTANCES: A Case Study from Hungarian Higher Education
Andras Komaromi (Hungary)…………………………………………………………………….pp.79-86

7. STATISTICS TEACHING IN AN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY: A Motivation
Problem
Klara Lokos Toth (Hungary)……………………………………………………………………..pp.87-90

8. CALCULATING DEPENDENT PROBABILITIES
Mike Fletcher (UK)………………………………………………………………………………..pp.91-94

9. FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
Mike Fletcher (UK)………………………………………………………………………………..pp.95-98

10. LEARNING, PARTICIPATION AND LOCAL SCHOOL MATHEMATICS
PRACTICE
Cristina Frade (Brazil) & Konstantinos Tatsis (Greece)..................................................pp.99-112

11. IF A.B = 0 THEN A = 0 or B = 0?
Cristina Ochoviet(Uruguay) & Asuman Oktaç (Mexico)……………………..……………pp.113-136

FEATURE ARTICLES

12. THE ORIGINS OF THE GENUS CONCEPT IN QUADRATIC FORMS
Mark Beintema & Azar Khosravani (Illinois, USA)............................................................pp.137-150

13. THE IMPACT OF UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS COURSES ON
COLLEGE STUDENT’S GEOMETRIC REASONING STAGES
Nuh Aydin (Ohio, USA) & Erdogan Halat (Turkey)……………………………..……….………..pp.151-164

14. A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF STUDENT’S REPRESENTATIONS FOR
DIVISION OF FRACTIONS
Sylvia Bulgar (USA)………………………………………………………………………………………….pp.165-200
15. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS’ UNDERSTANDINGS
OF ALGEBRAIC GENERALIZATIONS
Jean E. Hallagan, Audrey C. Rule & Lynn F. Carlson (Oswego, New York)
……………………………………………………………………………………………………..……pp.201-206

16. COMPARISION OF HIGH ACHIEVERS WITH LOW ACHIEVERS: Discussion
of Juter’s (2007) article
T. P. Hutchinson (Australia)…………………………………….……………………..…………………pp.207-212

17. FOSTERING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE VERBAL, ALGEBRAIC, AND
GEOMETRIC REPRESENTATIONS OF BASIC PLANAR CURVES FOR
STUDENT’S SUCCESS IN THE STUDY OF MATHEMATICS
Margo F. Kondratieva & Oana G. Radu (New Foundland, Canada)………………….………pp.213-238

18. KOREAN TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF STUDENT SUCCESS IN
MATHEMATICS: Concept versus procedure
Insook Chung (Notre Dame, USA).......................................................................................pp. 239-256

19. HOW TO INCREASE MATHEMATICAL CREATIVITY- AN EXPERIMENT
Kai Brunkalla (Ohio, USA)…………………………………………………………………………pp.257-266

20. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!
Steve Humble (UK)…………………………………………………….……………………………………pp.267-274

21. A TRAILER, A SHOTGUN, AND A THEOREM OF PYTHAGORAS
William H. Kazez (Georgia, USA)…………………………….………………………………………..pp.275-276

MONTANA FEATURE

22. BOOK X OF THE ELEMENTS: ORDERING IRRATIONALS
Jade Roskam (Missoula, Montana)……………………………………………………………………...pp.277-294