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ERIC Number: EJ779381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
A Case Study of Dynamic Visualization and Problem Solving
Lavy, Ilana
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v38 n8 p1075-1092 Dec 2007
This paper reports an example of a situation in which university students had to solve geometrical problems presented to them dynamically using the interactive computerized environment of the "MicroWorlds Project Builder". In the process of the problem solving, the students used ten different solution strategies. The unsuccessful strategies were then classified into three main categories: distracting, reducing and confusing. One student group had to solve the same problem in its non-dynamic version. The results received from both groups were compared and analysed. Analysis of the solution strategies and the process of the categorization revealed that the percentage of success in both groups was similar and in the case of the given problem, the dynamic visual mode of the problem distracted the students' attention away from proper handling of the solution of the problem. (Contains 6 figures and 3 tables. Solutions are appended.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel