ERIC Number: ED471755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
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Exploring the Phenomenon of Classroom Connectivity.
Hegedus, Stephen; Kaput, James J.
We describe highly generative and affectively powerful classroom activity structures that are made possible by applying new levels of connectivity across diverse hardware platforms. Based on teaching experiments involving core topics in basic algebra (slope-as-rate, linear functions, simultaneous conditions), we examine 3 kinds of activity structures exploiting a common display of student-produced mathematical objects: (1) Construction and sharing of personally meaningful and executable mathematical objects in "mathematical performances", (2) Aggregation and display of student constructions that are systematically varied based on classroom social and/or physical structure, and (3) The Where Am I? aggregation activity structure, where studentsO constructions are aggregated in ways that require students to perform careful analyses to "find themselves" in the aggregation. Strong learning achievement pre/post-test results suggest considerable promise in such activities, especially with low-performing students. (Author)
Descriptors: Algebra, Computer Uses in Education, Innovation, Mathematics Education, Secondary Education
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting [of the] North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (24th, Athens, GA, October 26-29, 2002). Volumes 1-4; see SE 066 887.