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Writing sophistication in students answers to algebraic questions.
The MathMate (2009)
  • Karl W Kosko, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Jesse LM Wilkins, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Vanessa Pitts Bannister, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Abstract
Various research has identified mathematical writing as promoting metacognition of students. This metacognition can come in the form of generalizations which in theory should support abstraction in algebraic reasoning. The current study sought to link the level of mathematical writing sophistication to displayed algebraic reasoning. Analysis of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade data showed that students who provided algebraic as opposed to arithmetic reasoning wrote about mathematics in a more detailed manner.
Keywords
  • Mathematical Writing,
  • Algebra
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Karl W Kosko, Jesse LM Wilkins and Vanessa Pitts Bannister. "Writing sophistication in students answers to algebraic questions." The MathMate Vol. 33 Iss. 1 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kwkosko/8/