Development of mathematical concepts on linear functions using a technology-supported platform: With potential for flipped classroom strategy implementation

Siu Cheung KONG, Wai Ying KWOK

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Abstract

This paper reports on an intervention in the form of a two-day summer camp which used a technology-supported platform Cornerstone Maths to engage junior secondary students in a dynamic exploration of the mathematical concepts on linear functions. A total of 139 Grade 7 students from five secondary schools in Hong Kong participated in the intervention comprising two components – (i) 15 sessions for the self-directed exploration of four topic-specific mathematical concepts on “Speed”, “Rate”, “Slope”, and “Slopes in Linear Equation”, using the Cornerstone Maths platform and its corresponding workbook; and (ii) six sessions for the individual completion of four topic-specific consolidation worksheets, with mentor-guided group discussions. From the pre-post-tests, the intervention successfully supported the students to make statistically significant growth in understanding all of the four topic-specific mathematical concepts. From the questionnaire survey, the students positively perceived the support from the technology-supported platform and the mentor-guided discussions in their exploration of topic-specific mathematical concepts, particularly for learning the concepts on “Slope” and “Speed”. These positive results imply the potential to implement the intervention as a flipped classroom strategy for mathematical inquiry among junior secondary students – in which students conduct self-paced learning with Cornerstone Maths platform and workbook before class, and then have face-to-face discussions about consolidation worksheet tasks in class. Copyright © 2020 Global Chinese Society for Computers in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The 24th Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education (GCCCE 2020)
EditorsLung Hsiang WONG, Hercy CHENG, Chiu-Pin LIN, Ronghuai HUANG, Shaoqing GUO, Jiong GUO
Place of PublicationTaiwan
PublisherGlobal Chinese Society for Computers in Education
Pages690-697
ISBN (Print)9789869839921
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Citation

Kong, S. C., & Kwok, W. Y. (2020). Development of mathematical concepts on linear functions using a technology-supported platform: With potential for flipped classroom strategy implementation. In L. H. Wong, H. Cheng, C.-P. Lin, R. Huang, S. Guo, & J. Guo (Eds.), Proceedings of The 24th Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education (GCCCE 2020) (pp. 690-697). Taiwan: Global Chinese Society for Computers in Education.

Keywords

  • Exploration
  • Junior secondary
  • Linear functions
  • Mathematical concepts
  • Technology-supported platform

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