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Identifier
Thesis
2068
Author
Sherman, Diana Lynn, 1981
Title
The
role
of
iconic
representations
in the
acquisition
of
basic
algebra
skills
Publisher
Central Connecticut State University
Date of Publication
2010
Resource Type
Master's Thesis
Abstract
This
research
focuses
on the
role
of
pictures
in
elementary
mathematics
,
specifically
algebra
. The
participants
in the
study
were
elementary
algebra
students
in
Math
099
at
Central
Connecticut
State
University
,
chosen
for this
study
based
on their
SAT
Math
score
and/or
Accuplacer
mathematics
placement
test
score
.
Additionally
,
all
students
were
given
a
ten
word
problem
pretest
to
insure
homogeneity
. The
teacher
used
notions
of
mathematical
operations
and
developmental
modes
of
Jerome
Bruner
. In this
way
,
students
were
taught
with
visualization
and
icons
while
recording
symbolic
representation
of the
mathematics
problem
.
After
six
weeks
of this
connected
instruction
students
were
tested
using
mathematics
word
problems
. The
assessment
of
five
problems
was
given
to
all
students
.
Theses
students
were
separated
into
one
of
three
groups
. The
control
group
received
word
problems
only
,
without
icons
. The
experimental
groups
were
two
.
One
had
meaningful
icons
that
visualized
the
word
problem
and the
second
had not
meaningful
icons
which
added
visual
appeal
,
only
. The
results
of the
scores
of these
three
groups
were
analyzed
to
determine
if
such
a
connection
exists
between
icons
and the
acquisition
of
basic
algebra
skills
.
Mean
test
scores
for
each
group
were
compared
with the
mean
score
of the
pretest
. The
information
gathered
from this
study
will be
used
to
guide
further
research
and
inform
teachers
of
elementary
algebra
of
best
practice
when
teaching
and
assessing
students
engaged
in
algebra
instruction
.
Subject
AlgebraStudy and teaching
Department
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Advisor
Halloran, Philip P
Type
Text
Digital Format
application/pdf
Language
eng
OCLC number
713735012
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