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ERIC Number: EJ996314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Examples in College Algebra Textbooks: Opportunities for Students' Learning
Mesa, Vilma; Suh, Heejoo; Blake, Tyler; Whittemore, Timothy
PRIMUS, v23 n1 p76-105 2012
We present an analysis of several characteristics of examples in 10 college algebra textbooks used in community colleges or 4-year institutions. We analyzed the examples along four dimensions: cognitive demand, the responses expected, the use of representations, and the strategies available for verifying the correctness of the solutions. We found that textbooks, independent of the type of institution in which they are used, present examples that have low cognitive demands, expect single numeric answers, emphasize symbolic and numerical representations, and give very few strategies for verifying correctness of the solutions. We discuss the implications of these findings for teaching and further research. (Contains 9 figures, 5 tables and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan