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ERIC Number: ED080300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 351
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The Development and Evaluation of a Text in the Topology of the Plane for Secondary Teachers.
Yates, Daniel Sherman
The purpose was to develop a text in the topology of the plane for secondary school mathematics teachers and to evaluate the text in a regular course setting in terms of its effectiveness and appropriateness. The materials cover the concepts of metrics; neighborhoods; equivalent metrics; interior, boundary, and accumulation points; closure; open and closed sets; topologies; subspaces; continuous functions; homeomorphisms; invariants; connectedness; and compactness. Following the last instructional period, a criterion-referenced test was administered to 16 secondary school mathematics teachers participating in the course. A relevance test and an opinion questionnaire were also used, and two students were randomly chosen to serve as case studies. The consensus of a panel of mathematicians and mathematics educators was that the goals of the program were reasonable, the material was teachable, and the development was mathematically sound. Results on the criterion test indicated that the materials were successfully taught; the relevance test results indicated most of the participants were aware of the fundamental relationship between topology and school geometry. Appendices to the study include a list of instructional objectives, the experimental text material, tests, the opinion questionnaire and case studies, and comments by the panel of mathematicians and educators. (DT)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Florida State University