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ERIC Number: EJ768242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Algebraic Generalisation Strategies: Factors Influencing Student Strategy Selection
Lannin, John; Barker, David; Townsend, Brian
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v18 n3 p3-28 2006
This study reports on the algebraic generalisation strategies used by two fifth grade students along with the factors that appeared to influence these strategies. These students were examined over 18 instructional sessions using a teaching experiment methodology. The results highlighted the complex factors that appeared to influence student strategy use, which included: (a) input value, (b) mathematical structure of the task, (c) prior strategies, (d) visual image of the situation, and (e) social interactions with the teacher and other student. Particular combinations of these factors appeared to increase the predictability of student strategy use. However, the complex nature of the factors influencing these strategies demonstrates the challenges that exist in encouraging students to move toward more sophisticated strategies. (Contains 17 figures.)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. MERGA-GPO Box 2747, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia. Web Site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States