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ERIC Number: EJ925654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Middle School Students' Reading Comprehension of Mathematical Texts and Algebraic Equations
Duru, Adem; Koklu, Onder
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v42 n4 p447-468 2011
In this study, middle school students' abilities to translate mathematical texts into algebraic representations and vice versa were investigated. In addition, students' difficulties in making such translations and the potential sources for these difficulties were also explored. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to collect data for this study: questionnaire and clinical interviews. The questionnaire consisted of two general types of items: (1) selected-response (multiple-choice) items for which the respondent selects from multiple options and (2) open-ended items for which the respondent constructs a response. In order to further investigate the students' strategies while they were translating the given mathematical texts to algebraic equations and vice versa, five randomly chosen (n = 5) students were interviewed. Data were collected in the 2007-2008 school year from 185 middle-school students in five teachers' classrooms in three different schools in the city of Adiyaman, Turkey. After the analysis of data, it was found that students who participated in this study had difficulties in translating the mathematical texts into algebraic equations by using symbols. It was also observed that these students had difficulties in translating the symbolic representations into mathematical texts because of their weak reading comprehension. In addition, finding of this research revealed that students' difficulties in translating the given mathematical texts into symbolic representations or vice versa come from different sources. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey