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From the Abstract to the Practical: How Motion Media Grapher Helps Students Understand and Interpret Abstract Mathematical Concepts
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, , University of Illinois, United States

International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Hiebert & Carpenter (1992) state that "school-learned procedures often cannot be used flexibly to solve problems other than those on which they were practiced, and thus, do not transfer well (p. 79). The Motion Media Grapher (MMG) is a Web-based software utility created by the authors of this paper to help students make the link between the abstract mathematical concepts they learn in the classroom and their occurrences in the real world. The students may easily interact with the MMG and it may be efficiently adapted by classroom teachers for integration into an existing curriculum. The MMG attempts to enhance the students' internal representations with socially situated events. Hence, the concepts are taught through their application in familiar environments and not in abstraction. Based on a yearlong research study, this paper introduces its readers to the MMG and discusses its efficacy as a visualization tool for high school mathematics students.

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Pianfetti, E.S. & Pianfetti, B. (2000). From the Abstract to the Practical: How Motion Media Grapher Helps Students Understand and Interpret Abstract Mathematical Concepts. In Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology 2000 (pp. 328-333). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 22, 2019 from .

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