
06434125
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2015c.00068
Buteau, Chantal
Muller, Eric
Marshall, Neil
Competencies developed by university students in microworldtype core mathematical courses.
Nicol, Cynthia (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 38th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education ``Mathematics education at the edge", PME 38 held jointly with the 36th conference of PMENA, Vancouver, Canada, July 1520, 2014, Vol. 2. [s. l.]: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (ISBN 9780864913609/set; 9780864913623/v.2). 209216 (2014).
2014
[s. l.]: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
EN
C20
D30
D40
competencies
students' views on competencies
microworldtype environments
learning
development of competencies
Summary: We report on an empirical study grounded in our sustained implementation over ten years of a sequence of threeterm undergraduate core mathematics courses centred on microworlds. The survey study investigates students' views on 15 competencies potentially developed as they, individually or in pairs, create 12 exploratory objects, i.e., microworldtype environments, on diverse mathematical topics as part of their workload. Results suggest that students develop further the competencies as they repeat designing, programming, and using microworlds to learn and do mathematics, and that original projects in which students start by selecting their own topic, is key to the development of these competencies. No gender differences were found.