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ERIC Number: EJ1177252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Commognitive Analysis of Undergraduate Mathematics Students' First Encounter with the Subgroup Test
Ioannou, Marios
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v30 n2 p117-142 Jun 2018
This study analyses learning aspects of undergraduate mathematics students' first encounter with the subgroup test, using the commognitive theoretical framework. It focuses on students' difficulties as these are related to the object-level and metalevel mathematical learning in group theory, and, when possible, highlights any commognitive conflicts. In the data analysis, one can identify three types of difficulties, relevant to object-level learning: namely regarding the frequently observed confusion between groups and sets, the object-level rules of visual mediators, and the object-level rules of contextual notions, such as permutations, exponentials, sets and matrices. In addition, data analysis suggests two types of difficulties, relevant to metalevel learning. The first refers to the actual proof that the three conditions of subgroup test hold, and the second is related to syntactic inaccuracies, incomplete argumentation and problematic use of visual mediators. Finally, this study suggests that there are clear links between object-level and metalevel learning, mainly due to the fact that objectification of the various relevant mathematical notions influences the endorsement of the governing metarules.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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