ERIC Number: EJ1084364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Geometrical Sense Making: Findings of Analysis Based on the Characteristics of the van Hiele Theory among a Sample of South African Grade 10 Learners
Alex, Jogymol K.; Mammen, Kuttickattu J.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n2 p173-188 Feb 2016
This paper reports on one part of a large study which attempted to identify the linguistic and hierarchical characteristics of van Hiele theory amongst grade 10 learners. The sample consisted of a total of 359 participants from five purposively selected schools from Mthatha District in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The performance of these learners on a written geometry test was analysed. On the basis of the analysis, 30 learners were selected to be the subjects for interviews. This paper focuses on the analysis of the interview transcripts to discern the van Hiele characteristics among learners' geometrical tasks. This paper reports particularly on linguistic and hierarchical characteristics of the van Hiele theory. The ethical requirements were met. The findings from the study affirmed the existence of the linguistic and hierarchic characteristics of the van Hiele theory.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Geometric Concepts, Secondary School Students, Mathematics Tests, Interviews, Learning Strategies, Concept Formation, Learning Theories, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa