An Investigation of the Effects of Measuring Authentic Contexts on Geometry Learning Achievement

Wu Yuin Hwang, Siska Wati Dewi Purba, Yi Fan Liu, Yun Yuan Zhang, Nian Shing Chen

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Abstract

Geometry students have few opportunities to apply geometric concepts and solve geometry problems in authentic contexts. We developed a Ubiquitous Geometry (UG) system to teach geometry to elementary students by using it to measure common objects in authentic contexts. The instant study investigates the effects of UG on student geometry estimation ability, geometry learning achievement, spatial ability, and learning geometric concepts and explores the correlations. Participants were 82 fifth grade students divided into the experiment group (EG), the ruler measurement group (RG), and the control group (CG). The results revealed that the EG students performed significantly better than the others in geometry estimation ability, geometry learning achievement, spatial ability, and understanding geometric concepts. We found that geometry estimation ability is significantly related to spatial ability and geometry learning achievement, which means fostering estimation ability through measuring authentic objects could help students to learn geometry. Finally, students perceived that UG engaged them more in geometry and improved their interest in learning because the activity designs related more to their daily life, thereby enhancing their sense of confidence and satisfaction. Conclusions include that UG effectively enhances student geometry estimation ability, geometry learning achievement, spatial ability, and understanding of geometric concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8405598
Pages (from-to)291-302
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Ubiquitous geometry (UG)
  • geometric concepts.
  • geometry estimation ability
  • geometry learning achievement

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