Using the Internet to Learn Mathematics
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Gerber, S., Shuell, T.J. & Harlos, C.A. (1998). Using the Internet to Learn Mathematics. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 17(2), 113-132. Charlottesville, VA: AACE.
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Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Volume 17, Issue 2, 1998
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Charlottesville, VA
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Students using the Internet to obtain data for a regularly assigned eighth-grade mathematics project was studied for two purposes: (a) exploring ways in which the Internet might be used in conjunction with such a project and (b) investigating how students go about learning in this type of instructional environment. The four students from each of two classes who used the Internet were observed for 5 weeks, and field notes were recorded. The remaining students in the classes worked on the same project but obtained their data elsewhere. All students responded to questionnaires before and after the project was completed, and the Internet students were interviewed at the end of the project. Results are discussed in terms of four themes: (a) students' understanding of the Internet, (b) approaches used in searching the Internet for relevant data, (c) how students made sense of their data once they were obtained, and (d) the effect of the project on students' appreciation for and understanding of mathematics as being relevant in ways other than those traditionally used in the classroom.
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