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Seeing through students' eyes: The best-help strategy for pattern generalisation
Pattern generalisation
Generalising strategy
Students' choice
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Paper presented at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), Seoul, Korea, 8-15 July 2012
This paper reports on the choices of 215 Singapore secondary school students' best-help strategy when presented in a questionnaire to one linear and one quadratic generalising task. The findings revealed different preferences of strategy between two groups of students–the more able and the less able–in that a figural strategy was favoured by the former while the latter tended to prefer a numerical strategy. There were no gender differences in student choices of strategy amongst the more able students and amongst the less able students. But a significant difference was present in both tasks between more able and less able girls. The findings are discussed and some implications for teaching drawn.
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