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ERIC Number: ED489599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Students Preference of Non-Algebraic Representations in Mathematical Communications
Neria, Dorit; Amit, Miriam
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 28th Bergen, Norway, July 14-18, 2004
This research study deals with the modes of representation that ninth-graders choose in order to communicate their problem solving paths and justifications, and the relation between these modes of representations and achievement level. The findings are based on analysis of 350 answers to problems that demanded communication of reasoning, explanations, and justifications. The results indicate that only a few students, who are very high achievers, choose to communicate via algebraic representations, even after two extensive years of learning algebra. These results might be related to difficulties students have with the abstraction of algebra and the way algebra is taught in school--an issue that should be considered by curriculum developers and teachers. (Contains 3 figures.) [For complete proceedings, see ED489538.]
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 35 Aandwind Street, Kirstenhof, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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