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Autor: Debrenti, Edith
Titel: Visual Representations in Mathematics Teaching: An Experiment with Students
Quelle: Acta Didactica Napocensia; v8 n1 p19-25 2015
Verlag: Babes-Bolyai University. Kogainiceanu 1, Cluj-Napoca, 400084 Romania. e-mail: submit_adn@yahoo.com; Web site: http://adn.teaching.ro
Erscheinungsjahr: 2015
Dokumenttyp: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
ISSN: -2065-1430
Schlagwörter: Problem Solving; Mathematics Instruction; Mathematics Skills; Word Problems (Mathematics); College Students; Experimental Groups; Conventional Instruction; Mathematical Models; Comprehension; Student Surveys; College Freshmen; Foreign Countries; Mathematical Concepts; Comparative Analysis; Teaching Methods; Romania
Abstract: General problem-solving skills are of central importance in school mathematics achievement. Word problems play an important role not just in mathematical education, but in general education as well. Meaningful learning and understanding are basic aspects of all kinds of learning and it is even more important in the case of learning mathematics. In order to efficiently enhance students' problem solving skills they should be assigned world problems which are new to them and to which they themselves have to find the steps to the solution, the algorithm. A number of researches, experiments and scientific papers in the didactics of mathematics prove that the role of visual representations in word problem solving is essential. Visual representation often helps in understanding a problem. Using visual representations leads to a better understanding and to improving special mathematical reasoning. The present paper presents an experiment involving university students who have been asked to solve a logical problem. There were three experimental groups. The aim was to find out whether problem solving is more efficient when using the traditional method (working on paper, with pencil) or when using a model.
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