Geometry Teaching in Transition: An Investigation on the Importance of School Geometry in Primary Education

  • Ana Kuzle Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany
Keywords: geometry, primary education, in-service teachers, geometry instruction

Abstract

Mathematics instruction in primary school has been influenced by many policy changes and empirical findings in the previous two decades. Geometry lessons, in particular, were re-evaluated due to a paradigm change and, consequently, were attributed a new meaning within the mathematics curriculum worldwide. The present paper focuses on this paradigm shift in the sense of the evaluation to what extent both the didactical potential and the practical value of geometry instruction in elementary education are currently recognised and utilised by primary grade teachers. In total, 120 primary grade teachers participated in the study. The results showed that there had been positive recognition of the didactical potential of school geometry by the teachers over the previous two decades; however, it lacked actual implementation in school practice for different reasons. The results are discussed not only with regard to the latter of these but also with regard to their theoretical and practical implications.

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Published
2023-06-22
How to Cite
Kuzle, A. (2023). Geometry Teaching in Transition: An Investigation on the Importance of School Geometry in Primary Education. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 13(2), 97-123. https://doi.org/10.26529/cepsj.1267