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ERIC Number: ED496917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Generalization Strategies of Beginning High School Algebra Students
Becker, Joanne Rossi; Rivera, Ferdinand
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (29th, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 10-15, 2005), v4 p121-128
This is a qualitative study of 22 9th graders performing generalizations on a task involving linear patterns. Our research questions were: What enables/hinders students' abilities to generalize a linear pattern? What strategies do successful students use to develop an explicit generalization? How do students make use of visual and numerical cues in developing a generalization? Do students use different representations equally? Can students connect different representations of a pattern with fluency? Twenty-three different strategies were identified falling into three types, numerical, figural, and pragmatic, based on students' exhibited strategies, understanding of variables, and representational fluency. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.) [For complete proceedings, see ED496851.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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