ERIC Number: ED420508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reform in Differential Equations: A Case Study of Students' Understandings and Difficulties.
Rasmussen, Chris L.
This study investigated six students' understandings of and difficulties with qualitative and numerical methods for analyzing differential equations. From an individual cognitive perspective, the obstacles found to influence the development of students' understandings included the function dilemma, the tendency to overgeneralize, interference from informal or intuitive notions, and the complexity involved with graphical interpretations. From a sociocultural perspective, students' understandings were constrained by the use of technology that was disconnected from the learning process, instruction that did not seek out students' explanations, and classroom interactions that implicitly established procedure-based mathematical justifications. Contains 32 references. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).