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ERIC Number: ED106130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 17
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Within- and Between-Mode Translation in Euclidean Geometry.
Elman, Annalee
This paper describes preliminary results of a study designed to explore the issue of translating geometric ideas from a diagrammatic mode to a verbal statement, and vice versa. The research model calls for comparisons of responses under 16 different conditions; these conditions are defined by question type and the nature of the translation to be made. Testing materials were designed to be representative of the statements and diagrams contained in modern geometry textbooks. As a part of the test development, high school students rated items according to difficulty. Thirty-two subjects were randomly selected from a set of fifty volunteers. Preliminary analyses of data are reported. Among other findings, the author reports "that on two fairly straightforward tasks of recognition, students who have recently studied Euclidean geometry are averaging a 30 percent error rate," and suggests that these students are unsure about the underlying structure of geometry. (SD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30 - April 3, 1975)