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Cognitive styles, task presentation mode and mathematical performance. (English)
Res. Math. Educ. 11, No. 2, 131-148 (2009).
Summary: This paper reports the outcomes of an empirical study undertaken to investigate the relationship of prospective teachers’ cognitive styles and levels of performance in measurement and spatial tasks. A total of 116 prospective kindergarten school teachers were tested using the VICS and the extended CSA-WA tests (Peterson 2005) in order to place them along the Verbal/Imagery and the Wholistic/Analytic cognitive style continua. The same prospective teachers were also administered a mathematical test with 6 measurement and 6 spatial tasks. The results suggest that there were no significant differences between Verbalisers-Imagers and Wholistic-Analytic prospective teachers in their performance on the spatial pictorial and textual tasks, and on the measurement textual tasks. However, there were differences between Verbalisers-Imagers and Wholistic-Analytic prospective teachers in their performance on the measurement pictorial tasks. This difference was attributed to the performance of low achievers. High achievers performed in the same way independently of their cognitive styles.
Classification: C39 B50
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