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ERIC Number: EJ857928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Linear Algebra Revisited: An Attempt to Understand Students' Conceptual Difficulties
Britton, Sandra; Henderson, Jenny
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v40 n7 p963-974 Oct 2009
This article looks at some of the conceptual difficulties that students have in a linear algebra course. An overview of previous research in this area is given, and the various theories that have been espoused regarding the reasons that students find linear algebra so difficult are discussed. Student responses to two questions testing the ability to prove that a set is a subspace of a vector space are examined in some detail. Some conjectures are made as to why students found the task so difficult. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia