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Topic: [MATHEDU] Intro and a request
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Dr. Robert M. Panoff

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[MATHEDU] Intro and a request
Posted: Jul 27, 1998 9:25 PM
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By way of introduction, I am a physicist and applied mathematician
masquarading as an educator. Or so I am told. I have been involved in
looking at the appropriate uses of technology to teach authentic math and
science using modeling and simulation. I have joined this list to get a
better sense of where the research in this area is going, and because it
was the best way to worm my way into a community of experts so I could ask
an important question (I hope!):

I have been working with students who clearly can interpret a graph of a
function more easily than a formulaic representation of the function. I am
interested in helping students make the connection, since both are
different forms of 'visualization' of the underlying model. I intended to
present some preliminary results of workshops we have done with students,
but the referees want me to cite already published studies that 'prove'
that graphing is a useful way for students to learn, and that visual modes
of learning "can improve performance on even traditional math tests" (their
words, not mine!). Does anyone have any leads as to studies I could cite
that would 'prove' that graphing is a useful activity to learn math? It
seemed so obvious to me, and yet not being a math education person, I am
not sure where to start in trying to do the literature was
so much easier when I could just go into the basement and slam a few
protons together and record the framents...

Any help appreciated!

All the best, and thank you for allowing me into your circle.

Bob Panoff

Dr. Robert M. Panoff, President and Executive Director
The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc
923 Broad Street, Suite 100, Durham, NC 27705
VOX: +1-919-286-1911 FAX: +1-919-286-7876

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