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ERIC Number: EJ1052931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1947-7503
Preservice Teachers' Understanding of Variable
Brown, Sue; Bergman, Judy
Investigations in Mathematics Learning, v6 n1 p1-17 Fall 2013
This study examines the research on middle school students' understanding of variables and explores preservice elementary and middle school teachers' knowledge of variables. According to research studies, middle school students have limited understanding of variables. Many studies have examined the performance of middle school students and offered suggestions on how to improve instruction in middle school. This study considers preservice elementary and middle school teachers' knowledge of variables. A total of 73 preservice teachers, all candidates for Early Childhood-6 certification, were given the same variable assessments completed by middle school students. Many of the misconceptions displayed by middle school students were also present in the results from preservice elementary and middle school teachers. This suggests that another means of improving middle school students' performance in algebra is by strengthening the preservice elementary and middle school teachers' understanding of variables.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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