The Nature of Arguments Provided by College Geometry Students With Access to Technology While Solving Problems

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  • 1 North Carolina State University
  • 2 University of Georgia

Prior research on students' uses of technology in the context of Euclidean geometry has suggested it can be used to support students' development of formal justifications and proofs. This study examined the ways in which students used a dynamic geometry tool, NonEuclid, as they constructed arguments about geometric objects and relationships in hyperbolic geometry. Eight students enrolled in a college geometry course participated in a task-based interview that was focused on examining properties of quadrilaterals in the Poincaré disk model. Toulmin's argumentation model was used to analyze the nature of the arguments students provided when they had access to technology while solving the problems. Three themes related to the structure of students' arguments were identified. These involved the explicitness of warrants provided, uses of technology, and types of tasks.

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Karen F. Hollebrands, North Carolina State University, Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, 502F Poe Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695; karen_hollebrands@ncsu.edu

AnnaMarie Conner, University of Georgia, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, 105 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602; aconner@uga.edu

Ryan C. Smith, North Carolina State University, Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, 502 Poe Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695; rcsmith4@ncsu.edu

(Corresponding author is Hollebrands karen_hollebrands@ncsu.edu)(Corresponding author is Conner aconner@uga.edu)(Corresponding author is Smith rcsmith4@ncsu.edu)
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

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