Concept Images of Trapezoid: Some Cases from Turkey
Education Journal
Volume 3, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages: 179-185
Received: Apr. 21, 2014; Accepted: May 9, 2014; Published: May 20, 2014
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Elif Türnüklü, Department of Mathematics Education, Education Faculty, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey
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Abstract
The objective of this study was to determine the concept images of individuals regarding trapezoid. In order to attain this objective, this research was designed based on qualitative approach. A total of 156 students attending 5th through 8th grade middle school and 36 middle school Mathematics teacher candidates from Turkey were chosen as participants in the study. Definitions and drawings of trapezoids were asked of the participants and their responses were used to analyze their concept images. The study was conducted using semi-structured interview technique. Data were analysed through content analysis. Results were presented both in the form of frequency and actual participants’ statements. According to data obtained from the participants, many of the definitions acquired were personal rather than formal. It was also determined that individuals used non-critical properties in non-formal and incorrect definitions and that they created some misconceptions by making excessive generalizations. Based on the data, some participants developed the concept image indicating that the sides and angles should be completely different. As a result, conceptual levels of the trapezoid within the framework of the obtained concept images were determined.
Keywords
Concept Image, Trapezoid, Mathematics Learning
To cite this article
Elif Türnüklü, Concept Images of Trapezoid: Some Cases from Turkey, Education Journal. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2014, pp. 179-185. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20140303.19
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