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Effects of Spatial Visualization and Achievement on Students' Use of Multiple Representations

Title: Effects of Spatial Visualization and Achievement on Students' Use of Multiple Representations.
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Name(s): Erbilgin, Evrim, author
Fernandez, Maria L., professor directing thesis
Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., committee member
Aspinwall, Leslie N., committee member
Department of Middle and Secondary Education, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recently, there has been a growing interest in research on students' use of multiple representations in mathematics education. This study focused on how and achievement affect students' use of multiple representations. The methodology used was case studies. The researcher conducted 16 interviews with four 8th grade students from the same regular mathematics class: one high achieving-high spatial ability, one high achieving-low spatial ability, one low achieving-high spatial ability, and one low achieving-low spatial ability. The students were asked linear equation and function problems requiring the use of different representations. Additionally, the mathematics class was observed for 7 hours. The Wheatley Spatial Ability test was applied to the class of 8th graders to determine the spatial ability levels of the students. The students' achievement levels were determined from students' Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, linear equation class exam scores, and consultation with the teacher. The findings suggest that both achievement and spatial visualization has effects on students' use of multiple representations.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0431 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Middle and Secondary Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2003.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: June 10, 2003.
Keywords: Mathematics Education, Spatial Ability
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Maria L. Fernandez, Professor Directing Thesis; Elizabeth M. Jakubowski, Committee Member; Leslie N. Aspinwall, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0431
Host Institution: FSU

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Erbilgin, E. (2003). Effects of Spatial Visualization and Achievement on Students' Use of Multiple Representations. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0431