The Nature of Mathematics: Let’s Talk about It

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  • 1 Belmont University, Nashville
  • | 2 Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro

Teachers can offer opportunities for K–12 students to reflect on the nature of mathematics (NOM) as they learn.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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