Nature of Mathematical Content as a Contributing Factor for Students‟ Mathematical Errors

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International Journal of Mathematics Trends and Technology (IJMTT)
 
© 2018 by IJMTT Journal
Volume-58 Number-4
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Mukunda Prakash Kshetree
  10.14445/22315373/IJMTT-V58P541

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Mukunda Prakash Kshetree "Nature of Mathematical Content as a Contributing Factor for Students‟ Mathematical Errors" , International Journal of Mathematics Trends and Technology (IJMTT). V58(4):309-317 June 2018. ISSN:2231-5373. www.ijmttjournal.org. Published by Seventh Sense Research Group.

Abstract

This research study has explored, analyzed and theorized the opinions of mathematics teachers in regard to their students’ mathematical errors which were evolved and developed due to the nature of the content of mathematics. There were five main areas of investigation to explore that how the typical and hierarchical nature of mathematics contributes in formation of students’ mathematical errors. The study has basically followed a qualitative research design though it has processed some simple factual data. Thus, the perceptual information was supplemented and strengthened through the data obtained from the survey task. As a data collection procedure, it has adapted interview, focus group discussion (FGD) and survey. For this, the required research tools developed were interview and FGD guidelines along with a set of surveying questionnaire. The qualitative information was coded as per the main themes of investigation of five areas and then they were critically judged, analyzed and interpreted. At the end, the findings of the study were triangulated with reference to previous research studies and relevant theories.

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Keywords
Mathematical content, nature, misconception, errors, teachers’ perceptions, constructivism