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Young children's understandings about "square" in 3D virtual reality microworlds

Yeh, Andy J. & Hallam, Jennifer (2011) Young children's understandings about "square" in 3D virtual reality microworlds. In Clark, Julie, Kissane, Barry, Mousley, Judith, Spencer, Toby, & Thornton, Steve (Eds.) Mathematics : Traditions and [New] Practices : Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA, Alice Springs, NT, pp. 864-872.

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Abstract

This paper reports an investigation of primary school children’s understandings about "square". 12 students participated in a small group teaching experiment session, where they were interviewed and guided to construct a square in a 3D virtual reality learning environment (VRLE). Main findings include mixed levels of "quasi" geometrical understandings, misconceptions about length and angles, and ambiguous uses of geometrical language for location, direction, and movement. These have implications for future teaching and learning about 2D shapes with particular reference to VRLE.

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ID Code: 46617
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Spatial abilities, Geometry, Microworld, Semiotics, Virtual reality learning environment
ISBN: 9781875900718
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 AAMT & MERGA
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2011 08:47
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:12

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