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Jin, H., & Wong, K. Y. (2010, July). A network analysis of concept maps of triangle concepts. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA 2010) on “Shaping the future of mathematics education”, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Mathematics educators and mathematics standards of curriculum have emphasised the importance of constructing the interconnectedness among mathematic concepts (“conceptual understanding”) instead of only the ability to carry out standard procedures in an isolated fashion. Researchers have attempted to assess the knowledge networks in students’ minds. A technique that has gained popular use in science education over the past three decades is concept mapping. This paper examines students’ conceptual understanding about triangle concepts using concept maps, and an analysis of the maps using degree centralities derived from social network analysis has demonstrated new insights through this novel technique.
This paper was presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA 2010) on “Shaping the future of mathematics education”, held in Fremantle, Western Australia from 3 – 7 Jul 2010
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