The use of heuristic models in mathematics teaching

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Students in two ninth-grade classes (experimental) studied by programmed instruction an information processing heuristic model for triangle constructions. This group began the experiment with significantly (p<0.01) lower geometrical abilities than did a control group (two other ninth-grade classes). The experimental group equalled the control group on the learning test, but was significantly (p<0.01) superior to it on the retention test. The results are explained in terms of the teachers' inefficient preparation for the programmed instruction, the low efficiency of the programme, and the higher degree of meaningfulness of the heuristic model which was acquired by higher learnings of Gagné's hierarchy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-151
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Applied Mathematics


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