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ERIC Number: EJ1056273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Influence of Additive and Multiplicative Structure and Direction of Comparison on the Reversal Error
González-Calero, José Antonio; Arnau, David; Laserna-Belenguer, Belén
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v89 n1 p133-147 May 2015
An empirical study has been carried out to evaluate the potential of word order matching and static comparison as explanatory models of reversal error. Data was collected from 214 undergraduate students who translated a set of additive and multiplicative comparisons expressed in Spanish into algebraic language. In these multiplicative comparisons we used a format that can be translated from Spanish word-for-word as "n times more than" (increasing comparison) and "n times less than" (decreasing comparison) instead of "n times as many", which is usual in other studies. Data analysis shows a significantly lower incidence of reversal error in the decreasing comparisons compared to the increasing ones. Additionally, no significant differences were found between additive and multiplicative comparisons. These results cannot be explained by the static comparison model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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