A comparative study of the effects of using dynamic geometry software and physical manipulatives on the spatial visualisation skills of pre-service mathematics teachers


Baki A. , Kosa T. , Guven B.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, vol.42, no.2, pp.291-310, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.01012.x
  • Title of Journal : BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.291-310

Abstract

The study compared the effects of dynamic geometry software and physical manipulatives on the spatial visualisation skills of first-year pre-service mathematics teachers. A pre- and post-test quasi-experimental design was used. The Purdue Spatial Visualisation Test (PSVT) was used for the pre- and post-test. There were three treatment groups. The first group (n = 34) used Dynamic Geometry Software (DGS) Cabri 3D as a virtual manipulative and the second group (n = 32) used physical manipulatives. In the control group (n = 30), the students received traditional instruction. The results of the study showed that physical manipulatives and DGS-based types of instruction are more effective in developing the students' spatial visualisation skills than traditional instruction. In addition, students in the DGS-based group performed better than the physical manipulative-based group in the views section of the PSVT.