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ERIC Number: EJ1159708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Parsing the Notion of Algebraic Thinking within a Cognitive Perspective
Chimoni, Maria; Pitta-Pantazi, Demetra
Educational Psychology, v37 n10 p1186-1205 2017
There is a growing consensus that algebra is an important aspect of mathematics teaching and learning and several abilities are required in order students to have successful performance in algebra. The present study uses insights from the domain of psychology to enrich what is currently known in the domain of mathematics education about the relationship of algebraic thinking with abilities involved in fundamental cognitive processes. In total, 190 students between the ages of 13-17 years old were tested through two tests. The first test addressed four types of cognitive systems which are responsible for the representation and processing of different types of relations in the environment: the spatial-imaginal, the causal-experimental, the qualitative-analytic and the verbal-propositional. The second test addressed algebraic thinking. The results support the key role of the four types of cognitive processes in students' algebraic thinking. The results also suggest that abilities involved in the four types of cognitive processes predict algebraic thinking abilities, irrespective of the age of the students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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