n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Basic geometric configurations and teaching Euclidean geometry

Volume 2011, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Mathematicians have always recognized geometry as an important source of meaning in mathematics (Hilbert & Cohn-Vossen, 1952). Mathematics educators also regard geometry as "a natural area of mathematics for the development of students' reasoning and justification skill" (NCTM, 2000). The visual aspect of geometric problems is their distinctive and invaluable property since geometric questions appeal to solvers' natural spatial intuition. While solving them, students need to become aware of geometric properties and their relations, drawing conclusions not immediately evident in the diagram (Henderson & Taimina, 2005), or learning from resolving apparent contradictions (Kondratieva, 2009).

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