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ERIC Number: EJ1183827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1855-9719
Drawings as External Representations of Children's Fundamental Ideas and the Emotional Atmosphere in Geometry Lessons
Gracin, Dubravka Glasnovic; Kuzle, Ana
Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, v8 n2 p31-53 2018
The important role that geometry plays in the mathematics curriculum has been extensively documented. However, the reduction of geometry in school mathematics, and the focus on basic computation and procedures, raises the question of the competencies students acquire and the classroom atmosphere in geometry lessons. The goal of this multiple case study was to analyse four students' conceptions of geometry and the emotional atmosphere in geometry lessons on an individual level. Drawings were used as external representations of the students' geometrical ideas and the emotional atmosphere. The results show that the participants have a narrow understanding of geometry, and that geometry teaching in their classrooms is reduced to frontal teaching with very limited communication. Nevertheless, the emotional atmosphere in these four cases could be described as positive or ambivalent. Based on the data, the results are discussed not only with regard to the utility of drawings as a research method to gain insights into students' conceptions of geometry and emotional atmosphere in geometry lessons, but also with regard to their theoretical and practical implications.
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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: Croatia
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