id: 05219329
dt: j
an: 2007e.00124
au: Norton, Stephen
ti: Pedagogies for the engagement of girls in the learning of proportional
reasoning through technology practice.
so: Math. Educ. Res. J. 18, No. 3, 69-99 (2006).
py: 2006
pu: Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht; Mathematics Education Research Group of
Australasia (MERGA), Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
la: EN
cc: C63 F83 C73 C23
ut: research methodology; intervention; females; mathematical logic; thinking
skills; technology education; gender differences; single sex schools;
mathematical concepts; student attitudes; program effectiveness;
teaching methods; learning activities; relevance (Education);
curriculum development; grade 6; grade 7
ci:
li: doi:10.1007/BF03217443
ab: Summary: This paper reports the results of two interventions involving the
integrated study of mathematics and technology practice to girls in
Years 6 and 7. The focus of the study was to look at factors that
contributed to girlsâ€™ disengagement with mathematics study and seek
pedagogical solutions for this. The key mathematics concepts embedded
in the two interventions were proportional reasoning and ratio. A
design based research methodology was adopted. The study started with
the assumption that by integrating mathematics study with technology
practice students would see the mathematics as authentic and
understandable. The results of the first intervention indicated that a
significant proportion of the girls did not develop the hoped for
improvement in perceptions about the value of studying mathematics
through technology practice, despite an improvement in their
understanding of proportion and ratio. These results informed the
second intervention in which modified tasks and pedagogy were
implemented. The results of the second intervention were similar in
terms of cognitive outcomes. However, when students were given explicit
scaffolding in "within" and "beyond" the domain of mathematics
integration as well as tasks that they considered authentic, student
perceptions of mathematics study improved. (Contains 4 tables and 1
figure.) (ERIC)
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