id: 06297529
dt: a
an: 2014c.00600
au: Van Hoof, Jo; Vandewalle, Jolien; Van Dooren, Wim
ti: In search for the natural number bias in secondary school students when
solving algebraic expressions.
so: Lindmeier, Anke M. (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 37th conference of the
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
“Mathematics learning across the life span", PME 37, Kiel, Germany,
July 28‒August 2, 2013. Vol. 4. Kiel: IPN‒Leibniz Institute for
Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel (ISBN
978-3-89088-290-1). 329-336 (2013).
py: 2013
pu: Kiel: IPN‒Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the
University of Kiel
la: EN
cc: F43 H23 H33
ut: algebraic expressions; natural number bias; rational numbers; difficulties;
basic operations
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ab: Summary: Dealing with rational numbers causes difficulties for many
children, even though it is an essential part of mathematical literacy.
The natural number bias is considered a major source of this
difficulty. By means of two studies we investigated if and to what
extent students who are just introduced into expressions involving
literal symbols suffer from the natural number bias when interpreting
algebraic expressions that address the effect of the four basic
operations. Evidence for the natural number bias was found in the
significantly higher accuracy levels on congruent items (where
interpreting the letter as a natural number leads to a correct answer)
than on incongruent items (where interpreting the letter as a natural
number leads to an incorrect answer).
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