Martin, W. Gary (Wayne Gary)
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Research has been done which shows students have difficulty bridging the gap between arithmetic and basic algebra. Often, students who are able to perform symbolic manipulations still have an inadequate understanding of the underlying concepts involved. Further research has shown that emphasizing the link between arithmetic and algebra aids students in acquiring these concepts. A microworld is a type of computer program which allows exploration within the confines of an environment which models a conceptual framework. Research suggests that this kind of exploration is especially conducive to internalization of the framework being modeled. “Stacker: A Microworld for Algebra,” pictorially models the processes involved in solving simple linear equations in one variable.
Hauser, Melissa Elli, "Stacker : a microworld for algebra" (1988). Honors Capstones. 1043.
25 unnumbered pages
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