THE EFFECT OF ANIMATED DIAGRAMS ON THE UNDERSTANDING OF A MATHEMATICAL DEMONSTRATION IN 11‐ TO 14‐YEAR‐OLD PUPILS

  • THOMPSON S
  • RIDING R
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Abstract

108 children (aged 11–14 yrs) were instructed on shears and rotations and how these transformations could be used to show the truth of Pythagoras's Theorem. Ss in the experimental group, who saw a computer-presented animated display of the transformations, scored higher on a subsequent test than Ss in either of 2 control groups, who viewed a diagram that demonstrated Pythagoras's Theorem or a computer-presented display that showed only the same 10 stages of the transformations as the diagram. Results suggest that animation can facilitate the understanding of a mathematical task. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • S. V. THOMPSON

  • R. J. RIDING

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