Journal article

An 'Emergent model' for rate of change

S Herbert, R Pierce

International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning | Published : 2008

Abstract

Does speed provide a 'model for' rate of change in other contexts? Does JavaMathWorlds (JMW), animated simulation software, assist in the development of the 'model for' rate of change? This project investigates the transference of understandings of rate gained in a motion context to a non-motion context. Students were 27 14-15 year old students at an Australian secondary school. The instructional sequence, utilising JMW, provided rich learning experiences of rate of change in the context of a moving elevator. This context connects to students' prior knowledge. The data taken from pre- and post-tests and student interviews revealed a wide variation in students' understanding of rate of change..

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