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Exploring the thinking strategies of grade 7 students in solving problem situations involving first-degree equations. (c2005)

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dc.contributor.author Labban, Sirine Abdallah
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-06T08:11:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-06T08:11:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-06
dc.date.submitted 2005-02-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/549
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 48-52). en_US
dc.description.abstract In this study we investigated the thinking strategies of grade 7 students in solving a problem situation involving first-degree equations, prior to formal instruction in algebra. Twelve students participated in individual, talk-aloud problem solving sessions and were interviewed about their attempts to solve the given problem. The sessions were videotaped for further analysis. Students generated different solution plans, using arithmetical rather than algebraic methods. The majority of participants used trial-and-error strategies for solving the given problem. Very few were those who constructed an algebraic equation but then shifted to an arithmetic approach while solving it, representing the unknown by a "?" (a question mark) or "_ " (a blank space). The study revealed that it is yet unfamiliar to students who represented the problem's mathematical content with a mathematical equation form to continue and proceed algebraically. Thus, before being introduced to the concept of equation and unknown, and before being instructed on the algorithms for solving equations, students do not operate algebraically on equations, which are not yet symbolically formalized. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Equations -- Study and teaching (Elementary) en_US
dc.subject Thought and thinking -- Problems, exercises, etc. en_US
dc.subject Algebra -- Problems, exercises, etc. en_US
dc.subject Mathematics -- Problems, exercises, etc. en_US
dc.title Exploring the thinking strategies of grade 7 students in solving problem situations involving first-degree equations. (c2005) en_US
dc.type Project en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Education en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199907820 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. May Hamdan
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: vi, 55 leaves; ill.; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Education en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Iman Osta
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US


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