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ERIC Number: EJ854272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Relational Knowledge and Successful Problem Solving in Algebra
Chinnappan, Mohan
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v27 n2 p112-134 2004
The quality of knowledge underlying students' algebraic thinking is a major concern of K-12 mathematics teaching and reform-driven curriculum documents. In this paper the author examines this issue by characterizing a group of high school students' algebraic knowledge and patterns of use of that knowledge during the solution of selected problems. Results show that these students tended to show acceptable levels of proficiency with problems that involved substitution of values and simplification of equations. Students experienced difficulties with the interpretation of algebraic relations. Multiple regression analysis showed that knowledge about equations and pattern formation was a predictor of students' success at interpretation of graphs of linear functions. These results are interpreted as suggesting that understanding and analysis of graphs could be facilitated by teaching approaches that focus on the construction of robust schemas about patterns and symbolic relations in algebra. (Contains 7 tables.)
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM). Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia. Tel: +011-60-4-658-3266; Fax: +011-60-4-657-2541; e-mail: director@recsam.edu.my; Web site: http://www.recsam.edu.my
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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