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ERIC Number: ED501135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
The Assessment of Mathematical Logic: Abstract Patterns and Familiar Contexts
Teppo, Anne R.; Esty, Warren W.; Kirkpatrick, Kay
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v4 p283-290
Undergraduate students' written exams were analyzed from a freshman-level mathematics course that emphasized, among other topics, the study of mathematical logic. Findings indicate that on questions related to the negation of a conditional sentence, students performed much better when given natural-language contexts than they did on questions presented in abstract form. However, students showed improvement over time only on the abstract questions. These results raise doubts about the validity and efficacy of using natural-language examples to promote and test the understanding of symbolic logic. (Contains 2 tables.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500860.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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