id: 06164054
dt: j
an: 2013c.00616
au: Schubert, Claus; Gfeller, Mary; Donohue, Christopher
ti: Using Group Explorer in teaching abstract algebra.
so: Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 44, No. 3, 377-387 (2013).
py: 2013
pu: Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
la: EN
cc: H45 U75
ut: visualization; group theory; Group Explorer; abstract algebra; perceptions;
technology
ci:
li: doi:10.1080/0020739X.2012.729680
ab: Summary: This study explores the use of Group Explorer in an undergraduate
mathematics course in abstract algebra. The visual nature of Group
Explorer in representing concepts in group theory is an attractive
incentive to use this software in the classroom. However, little is
known about studentsâ€™ perceptions on this technology in learning
concepts in abstract algebra. A total of 26 participants in an
undergraduate course studying group theory were surveyed regarding
their experiences using Group Explorer. Findings indicate that all
participants believed that the software was beneficial to their
learning and described their attitudes regarding the software in terms
of using the technology and its helpfulness in learning concepts. A
multiple regression analysis reveals that representational fluency of
concepts with the software correlated significantly with
participantsâ€™ understanding of group concepts yet, participantsâ€™
attitudes about Group Explorer and technology in general were not
significant factors.
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