Year 2014, Volume 11, Issue 26, Pages 195 - 207 2014-07-02

The Effect of Dynamic Mathematics Learning Environment on the SOLO Understanding Levels for Equations and Inequalities of 8th Graders

Tolga Kabaca [1] , Meryem SARIHAN MUSAN [2]

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Dynamic mathematics software allows students making experiments to discover mathematical concepts on their own. In this way, the mathematical understanding can be supported more lasting and effective way. In this study, it is aimed to determine the mathematical understanding of 8 graders on equations and inequalities in the dynamic mathematics software supported learning environment in terms of the Structures of the Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO). A quasi-experimental design was implemented. The experiment was designed as pretest-posttest without control group and supported by qualitative data. A group of 18 8th grade students studied equations and inequalities during 4 weeks. In the learning environment, the dynamic mathematics software GeoGebra was used in the view of constructivist philosophy, especially students were guided to make trial and error by taking advantage of different representations. Student’s mathematical understanding level was measured by the conceptual understanding level pre and posttests (pre-test and post-test) which include open ended questions. The pre-test and post-test were assessed and scored in terms of the SOLO taxonomy. Besides, students’ pretest and post-test answers were analyzed qualitatively by content analysis method. At the end of the study, although the scores of students’ pre-test and post-test were not significantly different, they showed better performance in post-test. Furthermore, it is observed that students were tending to use multiple representations in post-test in the qualitative analysis.
Dynamic mathematics software allows students making experiments to discover mathematical concepts on their own. In this way, the mathematical understanding can be supported more lasting and effective way. In this study, it is aimed to determine the mathematical understanding of 8 graders on equations and inequalities in the dynamic mathematics software supported learning environment in terms of the Structures of the Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO). A quasi-experimental design was implemented. The experiment was designed as pretest-posttest without control group and supported by qualitative data. A group of 18 8th grade students studied equations and inequalities during 4 weeks. In the learning environment, the dynamic mathematics software GeoGebra was used in the view of constructivist philosophy, especially students were guided to make trial and error by taking advantage of different representations. Student's mathematical understanding level was measured by the conceptual understanding level pre and posttests (pre-test and post-test) which include open ended questions. The pre-test and post-test were assessed and scored in terms of the SOLO taxonomy. Besides, students' pre-test and post-test answers were analyzed qualitatively by content analysis method. At the end of the study, although the scores of students' pre-test and post-test were not significantly different, they showed better performance in post-test. Furthermore, it is observed that students were tending to use multiple representations in post-test in the qualitative analysis.
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Primary Language en
Journal Section Araştırma Makaleleri
Authors

Author: Tolga Kabaca

Author: Meryem SARIHAN MUSAN

Dates

Publication Date: July 2, 2014

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APA Kabaca, T , SARIHAN MUSAN, M . (). . , 11 (26), 195-207. Retrieved from http://dergipark.org.tr/mkusbed/issue/19572/208464
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ISNAD Kabaca, Tolga , SARIHAN MUSAN, Meryem . "". Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi 11 / 26 (July 2014): 195-207.
AMA Kabaca T , SARIHAN MUSAN M . . Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi. 2014; 11(26): 195-207.
Vancouver Kabaca T , SARIHAN MUSAN M . . Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi. 2014; 11(26): 207-195.