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ERIC Number: EJ1017096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug-23
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Teaching Activity-Based Taxicab Geometry
Ada, Tuba
Educational Research and Reviews, v8 n16 p1421-1436 Aug 2013
This study aimed on the process of teaching taxicab geometry, a non-Euclidean geometry that is easy to understand and similar to Euclidean geometry with its axiomatic structure. In this regard, several teaching activities were designed such as measuring taxicab distance, defining a taxicab circle, finding a geometric locus in taxicab geometry, and real life problems. These activities were carried out for five weeks after introducing students to taxicab geometry. A total of 40 pre-service teachers participated in the study. However the findings included the sample answers that demonstrated the overall situation among the students who solved the problems accurately, provided half of the correct answers, and made logical errors. The study used the teaching experiment model. The study data were obtained from the activities carried out with students. The data were analyzed using descriptive analysis technique. The study found that the participants' interest was aroused by being introduced to a new geometry and to a different interpretation of familiar mathematical concepts with taxicab geometry. The participants also recognized the importance of the taxi distance between two points in defining a taxi circle, discovering "pi", and finding a geometric location. Finally, the participants learnt these concepts once more in Euclidean geometry and had the chance to realize their weaknesses and to improve them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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