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Changes of Working Styles in a Computer Algebra Environment – The Case of Functions

Changes of Working Styles in a Computer Algebra Environment – The Case of Functions This study is an empirical investigation of 11th graders at a German high school (Gymnasium). Working over a 24-hour period in a computer lab, we investigated students' use of quadratic functions with `Derive', and trigonometric functions with `Mathplus' (or `Theorist' for Macintosh). We were particularly interested in the working styles of students while they solved problems and looked for changes in these styles, as compared to traditional paper and pencil activities. While students worked on the computer, their activities (such as inputs from the keyboard, menu choices or mouse movements) were saved by a special program, which ran in the `background'. We are interested in the possibilities of developing a research method based on these `computer protocols'. The study should be seen as an exploratory study for developing hypotheses for further empirical investigations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Technology, Knowledge and Learning" Springer Journals

Changes of Working Styles in a Computer Algebra Environment – The Case of Functions

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Education; Learning and Instruction; Mathematics Education; Educational Technology; Science Education; Creativity and Arts Education
ISSN
2211-1662
eISSN
1573-1766
DOI
10.1023/A:1011482007276
Publisher site
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Abstract

This study is an empirical investigation of 11th graders at a German high school (Gymnasium). Working over a 24-hour period in a computer lab, we investigated students' use of quadratic functions with `Derive', and trigonometric functions with `Mathplus' (or `Theorist' for Macintosh). We were particularly interested in the working styles of students while they solved problems and looked for changes in these styles, as compared to traditional paper and pencil activities. While students worked on the computer, their activities (such as inputs from the keyboard, menu choices or mouse movements) were saved by a special program, which ran in the `background'. We are interested in the possibilities of developing a research method based on these `computer protocols'. The study should be seen as an exploratory study for developing hypotheses for further empirical investigations.

Journal

"Technology, Knowledge and Learning"Springer Journals

Published: Oct 5, 2004

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