Reality in virtual space: micro-worlds
for teaching geometry
in virtual space: micro-worlds for teaching geometry
Jairo M.; dos SANTOS, Renato P. In: Proceedings of
the ESERA2013 - 10th biannual Conference of the European Science
Association, September 2nd-7th 2013,
Nicosia, Cyprus. 2013.
The purpose of this paper
analyze how a microworld we have built in SL can help students in
building spatial geometry concepts about polyhedra within Papert’s
constructionist theoretical framework. It is a 3D immersive laboratory
with six rooms and interacting objects strategically arranged according
to the van Hiele levels. It gives feedback and encourages students’
progression through its levels, without emphasis on the assessment
tasks being completed. During the school year 2012, second and third
year students from two South Brazilian high schools participated in the
experiment. Here, we will analyze the interactions of one of these 26
experimental classes according to the van Hiele model of the
development of geometric thought.
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