In this paper, we report a pilot study on engaging a group of undergraduate students to explore the limits of sin(x)/x and tan(x)/x as x approaches to 0, with the use of non-graphic scientific calculators. By comparing the results in the pretest and the post-test, we found that the students had improvements in the tested items, which involved the basic concepts of limits, but had room for further improvement in those that required them to explain their answers. An analysis of the students’ performances in the tests by using the APOS (i.e. action-process-object-schema) theory framework is reported. Reflections and suggestions on how to teach the topic more effectively are provided. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
|Journal||International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology|
|Early online date||Aug 2013|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
CitationMan, Y.-K., & Poon, K.-K. (2014). Exploring the limits of trigonometric functions: Results and reflections from a pilot study. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 45(2), 214-226.
- Limits of trigonometric functions,
- Exploratory approach
- APOS theory