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ERIC Number: ED141117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 28
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Conservation of Equation and Function and Its Relationship to Formal Operational Thought.
Wagner, Sigrid
Students who behave as though an equation (function) is unchanged by a transformation of variable are said to conserve equation (function). Tasks devised to test for conservation of equation and function were administered, along with typical Piagetian tasks, to 72 students, aged 12, 14, and 17. Results suggest that conservation of equation, significantly more often than not, precedes formal thought, whereas conservation of function may or may not precede formal thought. Techniques used in this study can be extended to investigate conservation of abstract mathematical structure and its relationship to Piaget's present model of development. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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