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ERIC Number: EJ1112200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 25
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ISSN: EISSN-2014-3621
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From Human Activity to Conceptual Understanding of the Chain Rule
Jojo, Zingiswa Mybert Monica; Maharaj, Aneshkumar; Brijlall, Deonarain
REDIMAT - Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, v2 n1 p77-99 Feb 2013
This article reports on a study which investigated first year university engineering students' construction of the definition of the concept of the chain rule in differential calculus at a University of Technology in South Africa. An APOS (Action-Process-Objects-Schema) approach was used to explore conceptual understanding displayed by students in learning the chain rule in calculus. Structured worksheets based on instruction designed to induce construction of conceptual understanding of the chain rule were used. A number of students used the straight form technique in differentiating complicated tasks while very few used either the link and Leibniz form techniques. In this manner differentiation of each function within the composite function was accomplished. Students either operated in the Inter- or Trans stages of the Triad. It was found that even students who had inadequate understanding of composition of functions, performed well in the application of the chain rule.
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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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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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