Title: Effect of number structure and nature of quantities on secondary school students' proportional reasoning
Authors: Fernández, Ceneida ×
Llinares, Salvador
Van Dooren, Wim
De Bock, Dirk
Verschaffel, Lieven #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Slovenská Akadémia Vied
Series Title: Studia Psychologica vol:53 issue:1 pages:69-81
Abstract: This study investigates the effect of the number structure (integer vs. non-integer ratios) and the nature of the quantities (discrete vs. continuous) on the performance of secondary school students and on the strategies they use when solving proportional and non-proportional word problems. 551 secondary school students from 1st to 4th grade solved a test with proportional and non-proportional problems in which the task variables mentioned before were manipulated. Results showed that number structure affected students’ performance and the strategies were used differently for proportional and non-proportional problems along the grades. However, the nature of the quantities showed no influence.
ISSN: 0039-3320
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven Academic Centre for Professional Development in Education
Education and Training
Instructional Psychology and Technology
Research Centre for Educational Research & Development, Campus Brussels (-)
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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