The Effects of Using Dynamic Geometry on Eighth Grade Students' Achievement and Attitude towards Triangles


Samur Turk H., Akyüz D.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR TECHNOLOGY IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION, vol.23, pp.95-102, 2016 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1564/tme_v23.3.01
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR TECHNOLOGY IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.95-102

Abstract

This study investigates the effects of dynamic geometry based computer instruction on eighth grade students' achievement in geometry and their attitudes toward geometry and technology compared to traditional instruction. Central to the study was a controlled experiment, which contained experimental and control groups both instructed by the same teacher. 36 eight grade students from a middle school located in a rural area in Turkey participated in this experiment. None of the students had past experience in using computers especially for the purpose of learning mathematics. The results revealed that dynamic geometry based computer instruction had a significant effect on students' achievement in geometry compared to traditional instruction. Furthermore dynamic geometry based instruction had a significant effect on students' attitudes toward geometry and technology compared to traditional instruction. A correlation analysis showed a positive correlation between the achievement levels of the students and their attitudes towards geometry and technology.