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ERIC Number: EJ1078258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Effects of Polya Questioning Instruction for Geometry Reasoning in Junior High School
Lee, Chun-Yi; Chen, Ming-Jang
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v11 n6 p1547-1561 Dec 2015
In teaching geometry, most instructors opt for direct demonstration with detailed explanations; however, under this kind of instruction students face considerable difficulties in the development of the reasoning skills required to deal with problems of a geometric nature. This study adopted a nonequivalent pretest-postest quasi-experimental design employing Polya's approach of four-stage problem solving using question prompts in conjunction with multimedia demonstration. Two classes of grade 7 students were randomly selected as the experimental group receiving instruction based on Polya questioning and two others were selected as the control group receiving instruction based on direct presentation. Our results revealed that the posttest performance in geometry reasoning of students receiving instruction based on Polya questioning was superior to that of students receiving direct presentation. In addition, students receiving instruction based on Polya questioning expressed a stronger sense of participation in the course than did students receiving direct presentation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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