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ERIC Number: EJ945539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-31
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
U.S. and Taiwanese Pre-Service Teachers' Geometry Knowledge and Thinking
Lin, Cheng-Yao; Luo, Fenqjen; Lo, Jane-Jane; Yang, Der-Ching
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Oct 2011
This study investigated and compared the geometry knowledge and levels of pre-service elementary teachers from the United States and Taiwan. Forty pre-service teachers in Taiwan and 48 pre-service teachers in the United States at the beginning of their teacher education programs completed the Entering Geometry Test (EGT) and the van Hiele Geometry Test (VHGT) developed by Usiskin (1982). The data gathered through these two tests was analysed to determine if there were any significant differences in the geometric knowledge and van Hiele levels between the American and Taiwanese pre-service elementary teachers. The findings indicated that Taiwanese pre-service elementary teachers had significantly higher mean scores on the EGT and achieved higher van Hiele levels than their U.S. counterparts. Possible factors that contribute to these differences as well as the implications are discussed in the paper. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan; United States