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ERIC Number: EJ894129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
The Relation between Types of Assessment Tasks and the Mathematical Reasoning Students Use
Boesen, Jesper; Lithner, Johan; Palm, Torulf
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v75 n1 p89-105 Sep 2010
The relation between types of tasks and the mathematical reasoning used by students trying to solve tasks in a national test situation is analyzed. The results show that when confronted with test tasks that share important properties with tasks in the textbook the students solved them by trying to recall facts or algorithms. Such test tasks did not require conceptual understanding. In contrast, test tasks that do not share important properties with the textbook mostly elicited creative mathematically founded reasoning. In addition, most successful solutions to such tasks were based on this type of reasoning.
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Language: English
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