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Number Worlds: Visual and Experimental Access to Elementary Number Theory Concepts

Number Worlds: Visual and Experimental Access to Elementary Number Theory Concepts Recent research demonstrates that many issues related to the structure of natural numbers and the relationship among numbers are not well grasped by students. In this article, we describe a computer-based learning environment called Number Worlds that was designed to support the exploration of elementary number theory concepts by making the essential relationships and patterns more accessible to learners. Based on our research with pre-service elementary school teachers, we show how both the visual representations embedded in the microworld, and the possibilities afforded for experimentation affect learners' understanding and appreciation of basic concepts in elementary number theory. We also discuss the aesthetic and affective dimensions of the research participants' engagement with the learning environment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Technology, Knowledge and Learning" Springer Journals

Number Worlds: Visual and Experimental Access to Elementary Number Theory Concepts

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 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/B:IJCO.0000021780.01416.61
Publisher site
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Abstract

Recent research demonstrates that many issues related to the structure of natural numbers and the relationship among numbers are not well grasped by students. In this article, we describe a computer-based learning environment called Number Worlds that was designed to support the exploration of elementary number theory concepts by making the essential relationships and patterns more accessible to learners. Based on our research with pre-service elementary school teachers, we show how both the visual representations embedded in the microworld, and the possibilities afforded for experimentation affect learners' understanding and appreciation of basic concepts in elementary number theory. We also discuss the aesthetic and affective dimensions of the research participants' engagement with the learning environment.

Journal

"Technology, Knowledge and Learning"Springer Journals

Published: Oct 11, 2004

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