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ICT-supported problem solving and collaborative creative reasoning: Exploring linear functions using dynamic mathematics software
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Interactive Media and Learning (IML). (UFM / UMERC)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5607-213X
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UFM / UMERC)
2015 (English)In: Journal of Mathematical Behavior, ISSN 0732-3123, E-ISSN 1873-8028, Vol. 37, 48-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates how a dynamic software program, GeoGebra, may support students’ collaboration and creative reasoning during mathematical problem solving. Thirty-six students between the ages of 16 and 17 worked in pairs to solve a linear function using GeoGebra. Data in the form of recorded conversations, and computer activities were analyzed using Lithner's (2008) framework of imitative and creative reasoning in conjunction with the collaborative model of joint problem space (Roschelle & Teasley, 1994). The results indicated that GeoGebra supported collaboration and creative reasoning by providing students with a shared working space and feedback that became the subject for students’ creative reasoning. Furthermore, the students’ collaborative activities aimed toward sharing their reasoning with one another enhanced their creative reasoning. There were also examples of students using GeoGebra for trial-and-error strategies and students engaging in superficial argumentation.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 37, 48-62 p.
Keyword [en]
Creative reasoning, Problem solving, Collaboration, Dynamic software, Linear functions
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Didactics Pedagogical Work
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didactics of mathematics; educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100328DOI: 10.1016/j.jmathb.2014.11.001ISI: 000357622500004OAI: diva2:791566
Available from: 2015-03-01 Created: 2015-03-01 Last updated: 2016-09-09Bibliographically approved

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