The relation between types of assessment tasks and the mathematical reasoning students use
2010 (English)In: Educational Studies in Mathematics, ISSN 0013-1954, E-ISSN 1573-0816, Vol. 75, no 1, 89-105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The relation between types of tasks and the mathematical reasoning used by students trying to solve tasks in a national test situation is analyzed. The results show that when confronted with test tasks that share important properties with tasks in the textbook the students solved them by trying to recall facts or algorithms. Such test tasks did not require conceptual understanding. In contrast, test tasks that do not share important properties with the textbook mostly elicited creative mathematically founded reasoning. In addition, most successful solutions to such tasks were based on this type of reasoning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer , 2010. Vol. 75, no 1, 89-105 p.
mathematical reasoning, task characteristics, assessment, learning difficulties
Research subject didactics of mathematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35796DOI: 10.1007/s10649-010-9242-9ISI: 000292148800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-35796DiVA: diva2:347941