Secondary
Students Learning Mathematics with the Geometer's Sketchpad (GSP)
Krongthong Khairiree
khairiree@yahoo.com
Mathematics
Consultant
Malaysia
Abstract
We,
mathematics educators, agree that we need to teach our students to think critically
and to do mathematics as mathematicians do. Students need many mathematical
abilities to solve problems. These abilities include being able to detect patterns,
conjecture, make generalizations, perform inductive and deductive reasoning,
and make analogies. These skills can be nurtured through solving problems, engaging
in exploratory investigations, experiencing classroom discourse, and using information
and communication technology.
The Geometer? Sketchpad (GSP) is one of the mathematics software that provides
opportunities for students to investigate and discover mathematics concepts.
GSP empowers students to visualize and encourages them to make conjectures before
attempting to prove. By using GSP students learn through exploring, investigating
and discovering. GSP enhances students?higher order thinking skills in mathematics.
The Geometer? Sketchpad is a very useful and effective tool for both teacher
and students. GSP changes the way mathematics is taught and learned.
In the 2004 school year, action research was carried out in secondary
school in Bangkok Thailand. The research findings show that GSP
enhances students? higher order thinking skills in mathematics.
Best of all, the students had positive attitude toward mathematics
after they learned mathematics using the GSP.
