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ERIC Number: ED438174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 30
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The Role of Presentation and Response Format in Understanding, Preconceptions and Alternative Concepts in Algebra Problems.
Abouchedid, Kamal; Nasser, Ramzi
Research indicates that students have great difficulty solving certain algebra word problems. These solutions, moreover, appear to be due to some situational factors characteristic of algebra problems, e.g., presentation and response format. This study investigates students' preconceptions, post facto alternative concepts based on key features of the presentation, and response modes in algebra problems. Sixteen problems were constructed and administered among college and secondary school students. Based on the reading of the literature and analysis of responses, two types of errors were identified: reversal and qualitative errors. By cross-checking these errors with the presentation and response format, and by integrating the performance results of the algebra problems, the causes and types of errors were identified as being either pedagogical (formal) or intuitive. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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