ERIC Number: ED374990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Making Sense of a Mathematical Microworld: A Pilot Study from a Logo Project in Costa Rica.
Edwards, Laurie D.
This paper reports on a pilot study of 34 sixth-grade students engaged in mathematical explorations that was carried out in the context of a national Logo project in Costa Rica. Students worked in pairs investigating a mathematical microworld written in Logo. The investigation had three phases: (1) open exploration of the microworld, during which the students recorded their observations and formulated hypotheses about how the program worked; (2) group discussion and sharing of hypotheses; and (3) additional guided discovery and problem solving. Through observations and collection of written worksheets, it was found that the students were successful in discovering certain functions of the microworld during the first phase, and their hypotheses were improved after discussion with their peers, guided by the instructor. The students were successful in applying their knowledge of the computer microworld in the problem-solving tasks during the third phase. Contains 12 references. (MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica