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An investigation of the influence of visualisation, exploring patterns and generalisation on thinking levels in the formation of the concepts of sequences and series

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dc.contributor.advisor Wessels, Dirk Cornelis Johannes en
dc.contributor.advisor Naude, C. G. en
dc.contributor.author Nixon, Edith Glenda en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:48:24Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:48:24Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T10:48:24Z
dc.date.submitted 2002-11 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/977
dc.description.abstract Piaget and Freudenthal advocated thinking levels. In the 1950's the van Hieles developed a five level model of geometric thought. Judith Land adapted the model in 1990, utilising four levels to teach the concept of functions. These four levels have been considered here In the formation of concepts of sequences and series. The origin and relevance of sequences and series have been studied and the importance of visualisation, patterning and generalisation in the instructional process investigated. A series of lessons on these topics was taught to a group of six higher grade matriculation students of mixed ability and gender. Questionnaires related to student progress through the various levels were answered, categorised, graphed and analysed. Despite the small number of students, results seem to indicate that emphasising visualisation, exploring patterns and generalisation and teaching the topics as a reinvention had made a positive contribution towards progress through the various thought levels. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 172 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject No keywords available en
dc.subject.ddc 515.24
dc.subject.lcsh Sequences (Mathematics)
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics -- Study and teaching
dc.title An investigation of the influence of visualisation, exploring patterns and generalisation on thinking levels in the formation of the concepts of sequences and series en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Mathematical Sciences en
dc.description.degree M.A. (Mathematics Education) en


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