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ERIC Number: EJ1169285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Comparison of Students' Understanding of Functions in Classes Following English and Israeli National Curricula
Watson, Anne; Ayalon, Michal; Lerman, Stephen
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v97 n3 p255-272 Mar 2018
This paper arises from a study of how concepts related to understanding functions develop for students across the years of secondary/high school, using small samples from two different curricula systems: England and Israel. We used a survey consisting of function tasks developed in collaboration with teachers from both curriculum systems. We report on 120 higher achieving students, 10 from each of English and Israeli, 12-18 years old. Iterative and comparative analysis identified similarities and differences in students' responses and we conjecture links between curriculum, enactment, task design, and students' responses. Towards the end of school, students from both curriculum backgrounds performed similarly on most tasks but approached these by different routes, such as intuitive or formal and with different understandings, including correspondence and covariational approaches to functions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); Israel
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