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AP Student Visual Preferences for Problem Solving

Title: AP Student Visual Preferences for Problem Solving.
Name(s): Swoyer, Liesl, author
Department of Statistics
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study is to explore the mathematical preference of high school AP Calculus students by examining their tendencies for using differing methods of thought. A student's preferred mode of thinking was measured on a scale ranging from a preference for analytical thought to a preference for visual thought as they completed derivative and antiderivative tasks presented both algebraically and graphically. This relates to previous studies by continuing to analyze the factors that have been found to mediate the students' performance and preference in regards to a variety of calculus tasks. Data was collected by Dr. Erhan Haciomeroglu at the University of Central Florida. Students' preferences were not affected by gender. Students were found to approach graphical and algebraic tasks similarly, without any significant change with regards to derivative or antiderivative nature of the tasks. Highly analytic and highly visual students revealed the same proportion of change in visuality as harmonic students when more difficult calculus tasks were encountered. Thus, a strong preference for visual thinking when completing algebraic tasks was not the determining factor of their preferred method of thinking when approaching graphical tasks.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0052 (IID)
Keywords: Calculus, Derivative, Antiderivative, Gender Difference, Visuality, Visual Thinking, Analytic Thinking, Harmonic Thinking, Preference, High School.
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Statistics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: March 21, 2012.
Subject(s): Statistics
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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