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ERIC Number: EJ1089179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
Examining the Language Factor in Mathematics Assessments
Kan, Adnan; Bulut, Okan
Education Research and Perspectives, v42 p582-606 2015
This study investigates whether word problems and mathematically expressed items can be used interchangeably regardless of their linguistic complexities. A sample of sixth grade students was given two forms of a mathematics assessment. The first form included mathematics items with mathematical terms, expressions, and equations whereas the second form included the same items as word problems. Explanatory item response modeling was used for examining the impact of item type and gender on difficulty levels of items and test scores. The results showed that word problems were easier than mathematically expressed items. Gender and its interaction with the linguistic complexity of mathematics items did not seem to have any impact on student performance on the test.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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