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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(6): 457-464 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.732

Analyzing with Posner’s Conceptual Change Model and Toulmin’s Model of Argumentative Demonstration in Senior High School Students’ Mathematic Learning

Y. T. Chen and J. H. Wang

Abstract—The researcher aimed to study how through dialogue, the concept ecology of each individual was made unstable and thus facilitated conceptual change and further achieved concept learning. Later, using the model proposed by Toulmin, the researcher analyzed the argumentative performances of the three students in their discussion. The data collected in this research include worksheets and the transcription of the video records of the students’ learning. The findings of the research revealed that 1) teaching is not just a means to inform or to demonstrate the use of knowledge to students; teachers must encourage students to create meaning through autonomous contemplation and deduction, reasoning and communication, 2) only by unbalancing the students’ ecological concepts will they modify their present concept structure. Furthermore, the students’ demonstration orientation includes an intuitive experience and examples of argumentation, form theory argumentation. Therefore, apart from preparing appropriate argumentative questions for students, teachers should further encourage students to think and create an argumentative atmosphere, which could elevate the significance of in-class learning.

Index Terms—Cooperative learning, mathematical conceptual learning, conceptual change model, argumentative model.

Y. T. Chen is with the Department of Mathematics Education, National Taichung University, No.140, Minsheng Rd., West Dist., Taichung City 40306, Taiwan (R.O.C.) (e-mail: ytchen@mail.ntcu.edu.tw ).
J. H. Wang is with the Graduate Institute of Educational Administration and Policy Development, National Chiayi University, No.85, Wunlong Village, Minsyong Township, Chiayi County 621, Taiwan (R.O.C) (e-mail: gloriawang2004@mail.ncyu.edu.tw).


Cite: Y. T. Chen and J. H. Wang, "Analyzing with Posner’s Conceptual Change Model and Toulmin’s Model of Argumentative Demonstration in Senior High School Students’ Mathematic Learning," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 457-464, 2016.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
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  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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