The Effects of using algebra tiles on sixth grade students’ algebra achievement, algebraic thinking and views about using algebra tiles

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2018
Çaylan, Büşra
The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of using algebra tiles on sixth grade students’ algebra achievement, algebraic thinking and views about using algebra tiles. The study was conducted in one public middle school in Hendek, Sakarya in the spring semester of 2017-2018 academic year and employed a pretest-posttest control group design with 40 sixth grade students. Two classes taught by the same mathematics teacher were randomly assigned as experimental group (EG) and control group (CG). EG students interacted with algebra tiles and CG students received regular instruction without any manipulatives during the seven hours of algebra instruction. Prior Algebra Knowledge Test (PAKT) and Algebra Achievement Test (AAT) were administered to EG and CG students as pretest and posttest respectively. EG students’ views were gathered by Views about Algebra Tiles Questionnaire (VATQ). PAKT, AAT and VATQ were developed by the researcher. EG and CG did not differ in PAKT. The Independent Samples T-test showed that there was no statistically significant mean difference between EG and CG in AAT. When EG and CG students’ responses to each question in the AAT were examined in detail, it was concluded that EG students performed better than CG students in AAT and more EG students responded to the questions correctly than CG students. The findings addressed that algebra tiles might have limited but positive effect on sixth grade students’ algebraic thinking. EG students expressed that algebra tiles helped them learn meaningfully and understand better the concepts, and made lessons enjoyable.
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B. Çaylan, “The Effects of using algebra tiles on sixth grade students’ algebra achievement, algebraic thinking and views about using algebra tiles,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.