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ERIC Number: ED525230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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Algebraic Reasoning in the Middle Grades: A View of Student Strategies in Pictorial and Algebraic System of Equations
Falcon, Raymond
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Teachers use action research in order to improve their teaching and student learning. This action research will analyze students' algebraic reasoning in finding values of variables in systems of equations pictorially and algebraically. This research will look at students solving linear systems of equations without knowing the algebraic algorithms. It will concentrate on the students' constructive learning abilities to resolve and create methods in solving linear systems of equations. The study will take a look at several questions. What strategies and methods do students use to solve for variables in a pictorial system of equations? What language do students develop in their understanding of the equation sign? Are students more successful in solving linear systems pictorially or algebraically? The participants are 8th graders in a remedial summer course from a southwest middle school. Participants were given a pre-test and a post-test to determine the amount of increase or decrease in scores. The results show students actually decreased in scores. (Contains 4 tables and 8 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas