
06477123
j
2015e.00741
Nitsch, Renate
Fredebohm, Anneke
Bruder, Regina
Kelava, Augustin
Naccarella, Dominik
Leuders, Timo
Wirtz, Markus
Students' competencies in working with functions in secondary mathematics education  empirical examination of a competence structure model.
Int. J. Sci. Math. Educ. 13, No. 3, 657682 (2015).
2015
Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
EN
I23
C43
change of representation
competence structure model
elements of cognitive action
item response theory
representations of functional relationships
doi:10.1007/s1076301394967
Summary: In the subject matter of functional relationships, a student's ability to translate from one form of representation to another is seen as a central competence. In the course of the HEUREKO project (heuristic work with representations of functional relationships and the diagnosis of mathematical competencies of students), a theoretical competence structure model comprising five competence dimensions was developed. These are based on four types of representation (graph, numerical table, algebraic equation and situational description) and correspond to the skill to translate from one type of representation to another. The following study was aimed to examine the facets of the model. The 5dimensional model was empirically tested with a sample of $N = 645$ students of grades 9 and 10. This was accomplished by comparing competing item response models with regard to model fit using information criteria measures. In comparison with other possible model structures, our postulated 5dimensional model showed the best model fit, suggesting that all translations are relevant for competence assessment and development. Furthermore, in order to allow for the identification of structural components of cognitive actions, the employed tasks used in the empirical testing were divided into categories with regard to the different demands of cognitive action. Our results suggest that cognitive actions may have a specific dimensional structure. These findings can contribute to a better diagnostic approach concerning specific strengths and weaknesses and can therefore foster students' competencies.