Mathematics, multimedia and higher level thinking skills
Cooper, M. and Maor, D. (1998) Mathematics, multimedia and higher level thinking skills. In: WAIER 13th Annual Research Forum, 29 August 1998, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, W.A.
This paper emerges from our collective interest and experience in the use of multimedia in the science and mathematics classroom. We each approach this topic from a different direction. The first author, Martin, during his years as a classroom teacher, began to see the possibility of utilising multimedia to create a student centred learning environment in which a self paced curriculum would be delivered by the computer. Martin was aware, however, that there were many questions regarding the pedagogical value of using multimedia in the mathematics classroom that needed to be answered. Specifically, could the software address the vital issues of problem solving and higher-level thinking? The second author, Dorit, was involved in research in this area over the last 10 years. In her research she investigated the potential of computerised learning environments and constructivist teaching epistemology in promoting higher-level thinking skills in the science classroom.
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