ERIC Number: ED220340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Cooperative Geometry Research Project. Final Report.
Mitchelmore, M. C.
Twenty third-year students from two rural teachers' colleges in Jamaica carried out a coordinated set of individual investigations into children's learning of geometrical concepts during their assignment to schools as intern teachers. All the studies, which covered classes from grade 2 to grade 10, included some initial testing of children's knowledge of a selected topic, the teaching of an experimental unit on that topic, and a post-test to measure what had been learnt; several investigators also interviewed other teachers on their attitudes toward geometry teaching. This report includes abstracts of each teaching study and summarizes the results in terms of children's present knowledge of geometry; their ability and motivation to learn geometry; some linguistic, logical and spatial difficulties they experience; problems which the teacher has to face in organising concrete activities; and some possibilities for integrating geometry with arithmetic and other school subjects. A final section summarizes the findings of the teacher interviews. The general conclusion from the 20 studies is that younger children know very little geometry and older children find the learning of geometry difficult largely because very little geometry is taught in primary schools. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica).
Identifiers: Jamaica; Mathematics Education Research
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