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ERIC Number: ED440869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 30
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A Case Study on the Changes of University Students' Function Concept in a Virtual Environment.
Rho, Kwansik
This study observed and documented the changes of college students' notion of mathematics functions in a virtual environment that integrated a synchronous and asynchronous Computer Mediated Communication system. Four Arizona State University undergraduates were teamed into pairs and solved function problems in the virtual classroom over a one month period. A protocol analysis method was used to analyze the collected data on students' conceptual change of function concept. The study found that most of the students limited conceptions and misconceptions were changed. Students' conceptual change did not follow a linear pattern, and the change did not occur easily, especially when the notion of functions was well established. Some of the students' limited conceptions and misconceptions of functions were interrelated. The notion that a function problem should make sense played an important role in the development of students' function concept. Finally, students corrected most of their incorrect conceptions regarding the notion of functions. This means that college students could learn through interactions in this type of virtual learning environment. (Contains 40 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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