Student Difficulties and Misconceptions in Solving Simple Linear Equations


Erbas A. K. , Cetinkaya B., Ersoy Y.

EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, vol.34, no.152, pp.44-59, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 152
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.44-59

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate student difficulties, common errors and misconceptions in solving simple linear algebraic equations within a group of students (n = 217) from four different schools. The results suggest that the students in lower achievement groups have conceptual problems and mal-rules, some of which might be considered as misconceptions. In general, students in the middle and higher achievement levels did arithmetical and computational errors.