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Title: Students' conceptual understanding and critical thinking? A case for concept maps and vee diagrams in mathematics problem solving
Contributor(s): Afamasaga-Fuata'i, Karoline  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: Assessing students' conceptual understanding and critical thinking is a real problem for student teachers. The paper presents applications of Novak-type concept maps and Gowin's vee diagrams as means of depicting students' understanding of the knowledge structure of mathematics topics and problems and promoting critical thinking whilst solving problems. Although completed concept maps and vee diagrams illustrate connections between concepts and procedures, their construction is dependent on the extent of reflective and critical thinking students invest in the process. The tools may be used to support students' reasoning while and thinking and working mathematically in primary and secondary mathematics classrooms.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: AAMT 2005: 20th Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia, 17th - 20th January, 2005
Source of Publication: Making Mathematics Vital: Proceedings of the Twentieth Biennial Conference of The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, p. 43-52
Publisher: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc
Place of Publication: Adelaide, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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Description: Paper also published as an article in Australian Mathematics Teacher, 64(2), p. 8-17.
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