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ERIC Number: EJ1187379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
An Assessment of the Sources of the Reversal Error through Classic and New Variables
Soneira, Carlos; González-Calero, José Antonio; Arnau, David
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v99 n1 p43-56 Sep 2018
We present two empirical studies with 241 and 211 pre-service teachers that evaluate the explanatory power of word order matching and static comparison as models for the reversal error. We used tasks consisting of generating an algebraic equation representing a comparison given in a verbal statement. We introduce the types of magnitude involved in the statement as variables of analysis, something that was not previously tackled in previous works. Our results show that there are no statistical differences in the production of reversal errors depending on the information included in the name used to designate the variable, and that there are statistical differences depending on the syntactic configuration as well as the type of magnitude involved in the statement. The interpretation of these results indicates that both word order matching and static comparison have some potential as explanatory models for the reversal error, and that neither one of them, alone, is enough to completely explain the phenomenon.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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