Use of Constructivism in Mathematics Learning with Graphing Calculator
Nataliya Reznichenko, Morgan State University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The results of the study on how students learn function concept with graphing calculator (GC) based on constructivism are discussed. GC (TI-83) was implemented as a tool to enhance learning of function concept in developmental mathematics in the community college. Qualitative research design was used. To capture students’ experiences with the GC in mathematics learning and discover their perceptions regarding GC use in learning of function concept, a free response questionnaire was given to the experimental group. Social constructivism was the theoretical framework that guided this study. It was concluded that GC use improves community college students’ learning in developmental mathematics. This study shows the ways in which GC allows students to explore more complicated mathematics problems at higher level and construct their own knowledge. The conclusion that GC use does improve students’ mathematics learning supports the need for more constructivist teaching methods.
Reznichenko, N. (2012). Use of Constructivism in Mathematics Learning with Graphing Calculator. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2059-2067). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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