Journal article

University students' conceptions of mathematical symbols and expressions

KE Chin, R Pierce

Eurasia Journal of Mathematics Science and Technology Education | Published : 2019

Abstract

Undergraduate mathematics instructors often report that students make careless errors or have not previously learned key mathematical ideas and strategies. The purpose of this study is to explore evidence of an alternative explanation that at least some of these "errors" may result from students' application of conceptions developed in the narrower contexts of their earlier learning. Analysis of formal printed lecture notes, student work and questionnaire responses is performed. Data collected from two Australia Universities' first year mathematics students are reported in this paper that explores respondents' conceptions related to symbolic mathematical expressions in different contexts by ..

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