ERIC Number: EJ911871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
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Making Euclidean Geometry Compulsory: Are We Prepared?
Van Putten, Sonja; Howie, Sarah; Stols, Gerrit
Perspectives in Education, v28 n4 p22-31 Dec 2010
This study investigated the attitude towards, as well as the level of understanding of Euclidean geometry in pre-service mathematics education (PME) students. In order to do so, a case study was undertaken within which a one group pre-post-test procedure was conducted around a geometry module, and a representative group of students was interviewed before and after the module to discuss their experiences of learning geometry and to analyse their attitudes towards the subject. The Van Hiele Theory of Levels of Thought in Geometry was used as the theoretical framework for this study. The geometry module offered did change the students' attitude towards geometry, but still did not bring about a sufficient improvement in their level of understanding for these students to be able to teach geometry adequately.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Geometry, Attitude Change, Student Teacher Attitudes, Pretests Posttests, Interviews, Learning Modules, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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