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Teaching linear equations: case studies from Finland, Flanders and Hungary

Andrews, P. R. and Sayers, J. (2012) Teaching linear equations: case studies from Finland, Flanders and Hungary. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior. 31(4), pp. 476-488. 0732-3123.

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Abstract: In this paper we compare how three teachers, one from each of Finland, Flanders and Hungary, introduce linear equations to grade 8 students. Five successive lessons were videotaped and analysed qualitatively to determine how teachers, each of whom was defined against local criteria as effective, addressed various literature-derived equations-related problems. The analyses showed all four sequences passing through four phases that we have called definition, activation, exposition and consolidation. However, within each phase were similarities and differences. For example, all three constructed their exposition around algebraic equations and, in so doing, addressed concerns relating to students' procedural perspectives on the equals sign. All three teachers invoked the balance as an embodiment for teaching solution strategies to algebraic equations, confident that the failure of intuitive strategies necessitated a didactical intervention. Major differences lay in the extent to which the balance was sustained and teachers' variable use of realistic word problems.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Algebra, equations (mathematics), foreign countries, grade 8; word problems (mathematics), case studies, teaching methods, teaching styles, comparative analysis, comparative education, protocol materials, classroom observation techniques, educational strategies, educational practices, teacher effectiveness
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA150 Algebra
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA11 Study and teaching. Research
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (Principles and practice)
Creators: Andrews, P R and Sayers, Judy
Publisher: Elsevier
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Education, Training and Skills
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Date: December 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 476-488
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Mathematical Behavior
Volume: 31
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 0732-3123
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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