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Toluk-Ucar, Zulbiye; Bozkus, Figen – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate how prospective elementary school mathematics teachers and elementary school students' ability to distinguish proportional situations from nonproportional situations differ or are alike. Participants of the study were 319 prospective primary and middle school teachers and 320 elementary school students…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Education
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Mellone, Maria; Tortora, Roberto – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2017
We present a design study developed in an Italian school. Taking inspiration from the work of the Russian psychologist V. V. Davydov, we have reformulated some activities of his curriculum for the first grade, in order to adapt them to a didactic project for a fifth grade class. In the paper we firstly expose our theoretical assumptions and the…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Algebra, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Activities
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Switzer, J. Matt – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016
Research findings have established that students often struggle with mathematical symbols including common misconceptions for literal symbolic representations of variables but provide little evidence of when or how these misconceptions arise. This article reports findings from a study of grade 4-6 students' conception(s) for various…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Çelik, Derya – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015
Linear algebra is one of the most challenging topics to learn and teach in many countries. To facilitate the teaching and learning of linear algebra, priority should be given to epistemologically analyze the concepts that the undergraduate students have difficulty in conceptualizing and to define their ways of reasoning in linear algebra. After…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation
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Furuto, Linda H. L. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2014
This study comes at an opportune moment for Japanese and U.S. educators, policymakers, and researchers given the trends of global policy and equity-based reform. Discussions of academic achievement in both societies allows us to examine mathematics education as a public good versus private commodity in order to best serve the needs of students.…
Descriptors: Privatization, Mathematics Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Qualitative Research