Two preservice teachers used spreadsheets simulations of probability concepts to allow four eighth grade students study these concepts. The probability concepts were basic ones: the probability of an outcome, the probability of an event, the probability of an empty set, the sample space and the probability of the sample space. The representations which the spreadsheets allowed facilitated the students’ construction of mathematical knowledge. Furthermore they facilitated their conversation about this knowledge, and so helped them negotiate their knowledge until they arrived at agreed one. The experience enriched the students’ learning and the preservice teachers’ teaching methods. It influenced the preservice teachers’ teaching experience because they were introduced, through the spreadsheets assignment to teaching mathematics through a simulation built with an open tool available in every school. The preservice teachers reported that they were impressed from the students’ motivation and eagerness to learn mathematics with spreadsheets and from their own little interference in this learning. So they would probably use in the future the spreadsheets as one of their teaching tools. This would also open the preservice teachers to new technological tools that could be integrated in mathematics teaching and learning.
The experiment which this article describes implies the importance of using technological tools which facilitate mathematical representations, like the spreadsheets, in the mathematics classroom to assist the students in constructing their knowledge and the teachers to direct their students’ mathematical learning.
|Keywords:||Spreadsheets, Technological Tools, Mathematics Education, Probability Concepts|
Head, Department of Mathematics, Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, Nazareth, Israel, Israel
There are currently no reviews of this product.Write a Review