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ERIC Number: EJ1070509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Understanding the Primary School Students' Van Hiele Levels of Geometry Thinking in Learning Shapes and Spaces: A Q-Methodology
Hock, Tan Tong; Tarmizi, Rohani Ahmad; Yunus, Aida Suraya Md.; Ayub, Ahmad Fauzi
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v11 n4 p793-802 Aug 2015
This study was conducted using a new hybrid method of research which combined qualitative and quantitative designs to investigate the viewpoints of primary school students' conceptual understanding in learning geometry from the aspect of shapes and spaces according to van Hiele theory. Q-methodology is used in this research to find out what factors (level) of geometry understanding in van Hiele theory contributed to the geometry learning of primary school children. Q-methodology involved creating a concourse-Q set which was developed through a literature review and the statements were later refined by experts and then conducted to 30 participants aged 12 at a primary school. The respondents expressed their understanding through Q sorting, by ranking strategies according to their geometry understanding. The results indicated that students' van Hiele Levels of Geometry Thinking are at the factor (a) Level 1-Analysis (or Descriptive); and factor (b) Level 0-Recognition (or Visualization). This common outcome revealed that the students' geometry understanding according to van Hiele theory is at the lower level. Significantly, the findings indicate that the deficiency of van Hiele Levels of Geometry Thinking appears to be global in nature, crossing the boundaries of educational practices and curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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