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ERIC Number: EJ1090176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1479-4802
Individual Differences in Generalisation Strategies
Crisp, Rebecca; Inglis, Matthew; Mason, John; Watson, Anne
Research in Mathematics Education, v14 n3 p291-292 2012
A common activity in school mathematics is to derive a function from a table of values. There are two general strategies one might adopt to determine the function f. First, one might try to determine a connection between a particular n and f(n), and then evaluate whether it holds for other values of n. An alternative strategy would be to look for a relationship between values of f(n), f(n1), f(n2), and so on. The first of these strategies entails predominantly horizontal shifts of attention, whereas the second involves mostly vertical shifts of attention. In this brief article, the authors report on a study which sought to answer two questions. First, are there individual differences in strategy choices when tackling such generalisation problems? And second, if so, are these differences associated with a participants' mathematical background, or their success at tackling these problems?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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