In-service Zimbabwean teachers’ views on the utility value of diagrams in the teaching and learning of geometry

  • Gladys Sunzuma Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1547-0174
  • Cecilia Chando Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
  • Isaac Gwizangwe Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
  • Nicholas Zezekwa Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
  • Gracious Zinyeka Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Keywords: geometry, diagrams, teaching, learning

Abstract

Geometry is an essential component of mathematics which promotes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Geometry shapes are an integral part of our lives. This study focused on the teachers’ practices, specifically on how teachers ought to be equipped with a good understanding on the effectiveness of the use of use of diagrams in geometry teaching and learning. A mixed method approach comprising of questionnaires and interviews was used in this study. Ninety-one teachers participated in this study. The research findings were categorized using the four themes of utility, positive attitudes, negative attitudes, and teachers’ use of diagrams in geometry class.  The study showed that diagrams are effective in the teaching and learning of geometry concepts. It is recommended that teachers could do well if they make use of technology in designing diagrams to be used in the teaching and learning of geometry.

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Published
2020-03-30
How to Cite
Sunzuma, G., Chando, C., Gwizangwe, I., Zezekwa, N., & Zinyeka, G. (2020). In-service Zimbabwean teachers’ views on the utility value of diagrams in the teaching and learning of geometry. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 8(1), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.8.1.1316
Section
General Issue: Research Articles