# Mental Schemes of: Linear Algebra Visual Constructs

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## Abstract

This chapter is discussing the effect of instructional dynamic visual modalities on learners’ mental structures. We documented the effects by comparing the thinking modes, displayed on interview responses, of the learners who were exposed to dynamic visual representations, to those who were exposed to the traditional instructional tools. The data came from twelve first-year linear algebra students’ interview responses to a set of questions on the linear independence concept. Our findings point to notable differences on the nature of the mental schemes that learners displayed in the presence and the absence of the dynamic visual modes.

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Linear algebra Visualization Thinking modes Instructional modalities## Notes

### Acknowledgements

Work reported in this chapter is made possible partially by a grant from NSF (CCLI-0737485).

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