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Revealing conceptions of rate of change

Herbert, Sandra 2009, Revealing conceptions of rate of change, in MERGA 32 : Crossing divides : mathematics education research group of Australasia : Proceedings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference 2009, MERGA Inc., [Wellington, N.Z.], pp. 217-224.

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Title Revealing conceptions of rate of change
Author(s) Herbert, SandraORCID iD for Herbert, Sandra orcid.org/0000-0001-5990-5099
Conference name Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Conference (32nd : 2009 : Wellington, New Zealand)
Conference location Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
Conference dates 5-9 July 2009
Title of proceedings MERGA 32 : Crossing divides : mathematics education research group of Australasia : Proceedings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference 2009
Editor(s) Hunter, Roberta
Bicknell, Brenda
Burgess, Tim
Publication date 2009
Conference series Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference
Start page 217
End page 224
Total pages 8
Publisher MERGA Inc.
Place of publication [Wellington, N.Z.]
Summary Rate of change is an important mathematical concept. Research referring to students’ difficulties with this concept spans more than twenty years. Research suggests that problems experienced by some calculus students are likely a result of pre-existing limited or incorrect conceptions of rate of change. This study investigated 23 Victorian Year 10 students’ understanding of rate as revealed by phenomenographic analysis of interviews. Eight conceptions of rate of change emerged. Four important aspects of the concept were identified and gaps in students’ thinking defined. In addition, the employment of phenomenography, to reveal conceptions of rate, is described in detail.
ISBN 9781920846220
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, MERGA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024757

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