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The results reported here are the product of the research titled: Using history in the teaching of mathematics. The subjects are students in two classes of algebra II course at Florida State University High School-- 36 students-- makes and females whose ages are mostly 18 and a few 17 and 16 years old. Algebra II is a course that is usually taken by high school seniors in 12th grade and a few 11th or 10th grade students which explains why the ages of the students are mostly 18 and a few 17 and 16 years old. In this investigation, both quantitative study and qualitative study were employed. The quantitative study was the main study-- a teaching experiment using quasi-experimental methodology that involves two groups-- group 1 and group 2. Group 1 is the control group, where various algebraic/mathematical concepts, or topics were taught or explained to students with the necessary formulas. Group 2 was the experimental group in which the accounts of the historical origin of algebraic/mathematical concepts and the mathematicians (Lewis Carroll, Archimedes, Pythagoras, and Sophie Germain) who brought forward or created the concepts were used to augment pedagogical lessons and exercises used for this study as the main feature of pedagogy. The qualitative study augmented the main quantitative study; it was a follow-up interview for students to probe further an in-depth rationale for the research theme, using history in the teaching of mathematics. The statistical analysis results indicated that there is a significant difference in the mean of score for the control group students and the mean of scores of the experimental group is greater than the mean on scores of student's performance in the control group; and the interview questions responses indeed corroborate the fact that the use of history in teaching mathematics does improve learning and understanding of algebraic/mathematical concepts.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 202-205).
Florida State University
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