GEOMETRIC THINKING LEVELS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
The study aimed to identifying geometric thinking levels of 8th grade students of Middle School in the Sultanate of Oman, and the significance of statistical differences in geometric thinking according to the gender variable. The sample of the study consisted of (136) students from the schools of the General Directorate of Education in Al Dhahirah Governorate. To achieve the objectives of the study, the researcher applied the geometric thinking test to the study sample. The results showed a low level of geometric thinking of the study sample, as (17.65%) of the sample did not exceed the visual level, while (55.88%) of the sample was classified on the first visual level, (17.65%) of the sample was on the analytical level, and (2.94%) of the sample was on the semi-inductive level. The results also showed that there was a statistically significant difference in the geometric thinking test between males and females in favor of the female sample. This may be due to the difference in teaching practices and employment Teaching aids in teaching geometric subjects, and the researcher recommends the importance of training mathematics teachers to design educational activities based on Van Hill levels of geometric thinking.
Keywords: Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Geometry, Geometric Thinking, Van Hiele.