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ERIC Number: EJ788043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0959-4752
Learning to Prove in Geometry: Learning from Heuristic Examples and How It Can Be Supported
Hilbert, Tatjana S.; Renkl, Alexander; Kessler, Stephan; Reiss, Kristina
Learning and Instruction, v18 n1 p54-65 Feb 2008
This field experiment tested whether a special type of worked-out examples (i.e., heuristic examples) helps learners develop better conceptual knowledge about mathematical proving and proving skills than a control condition focussing on mathematical contents. Additionally, we analysed the benefits of self-explanation prompts and completion requirements in a 2[times]2-design. The participants' (N=111 student teachers) proving skills and their conceptual knowledge were significantly better when learning with heuristic examples as compared to the control condition. Completion requirements impaired learning especially in combination with self-explanation prompts. The sole provision of self-explanation prompts, in contrast, fostered conceptual knowledge as well as skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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