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ERIC Number: EJ1107182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Student Difficulties in Mathematizing Word Problems in Algebra
Jupri, Al; Drijvers, Paul
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n9 p2481-2502 Sep 2016
To investigate student difficulties in solving word problems in algebra, we carried out a teaching experiment involving 51 Indonesian students (12/13 year-old) who used a digital mathematics environment. The findings were backed up by an interview study, in which eighteen students (13/14 year-old) were involved. The perspective of mathematization, i.e., the activity to transform a problem into a symbolic mathematical problem, and to reorganize the mathematical system, was used to identify student difficulties on the topic of linear equations in one variable. The results show that formulating a mathematical model--evidenced by errors in formulating equations, schemas or diagrams--is the main difficulty. This highlights the importance of mathematization as a crucial process in the learning and teaching of algebra.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia
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