A computer-assisted environment for learning function finding

Wing Kwong Wong, Kai Jie Jhuang, Yunn Wen Lien, Chao Jung Wu

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Abstract

Inductive reasoning is an important domain-general skill for learning science and math, etc. Unfortunately, previous studies have pointed out that students still have many weaknesses, when they do the tasks of inductive reasoning. A web-based environment is designed to train their skills of inductive reasoning. The pedagogy of self-directed experimentation is adopted in the learning environment, in which learners are asked to express one variable as a function of another variable. Two input interfaces are used for the users to input expressions. The control group uses a traditional tool of expressing a dependent variable as a function of an independent variable. The experimental group uses a tool that can generate a new term by addition, subtraction or multiplication of two existing terms of expressions. Some interesting results are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
Pages230-234
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 2011 Nov 282011 Dec 2

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011

Other

Other19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
CountryThailand
CityChiang Mai
Period11/11/2811/12/2

Keywords

  • Function-finding
  • Hypothesis generation
  • Inductive skills
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Pattern-finding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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    Wong, W. K., Jhuang, K. J., Lien, Y. W., & Wu, C. J. (2011). A computer-assisted environment for learning function finding. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 (pp. 230-234). (Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011).