Cooperative learning, problem solving and mediating artifacts

  • F Bahmaei
  • NN Sadeghi
Keywords: cooperative learning, dialectical method, problem solving abilities, mathematical mediating artifacts

Abstract

The present study deals with the influence of cooperative learning on the ability of students to solve the problems. The study also concerns the introduction of mathematical mediating artifacts as factors which effect the learning of mathematics by students. Experimental research method of pre-test and post-test types was carried out. Before the beginning of the study a questionnaire was given to students to elicit information about their accessibility to mediating artifacts, and the information gathered was effective for grouping the students. Doing so, 32 of the  final-terms of BA Mathematics students were selected and were grouped into two equal peer-groups (groups of 16 pupils). After pre-test, the control group passed 15 sessions of traditional teaching (i.e. largely lectures), and  experiment group carried out cooperative learning in the end, post-test was done and by analyzing the tests it was concluded that cooperative learning approach that involved the use of the dialectical method is much better than giving lectures, and it effects students` problem solving much more efficient.

Keywords: cooperative learning, dialectical method, problem solving abilities, mathematical mediating artifacts

Published
2013-08-07
Section
Articles

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