Seventh Grade Students’ Translational Skills among Mathematical Representations

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Algebraic reasoning involves representing, generalizing, and formulating patterns and regularity in all aspects of mathematics. That’s why in all parts of mathematics the branch of algebra is crucial and students should deepen their algebraic thinking skills in order to be successful in mathematics and life itself. Since algebra is one of the subjects that seem to be the least concrete for pupils, they find algebra difficult in school mathematics. To analyze the difficulties and conceptual understanding of elementary school students this research was conducted. The purpose of this paper is to examine elementary school students’ level of conceptual and translational algebra. For this purpose two instruments namely Chelsea Diagnostic Algebra Test and Translational Representation Skill Test were utilized with seventh grade students. After the test administration semi-structured interviews were conducted with selected students. According to the findings it can be claimed that the students’ conceptual and translational algebra level can be varied in terms of question type, students’ preferences, etc. Detailed explanations about the results and suggestions will be given during the presentation.


Keywords: Algebraic Learning, Representational Skills, Conceptual Algebra
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Seventh Grade Student’s Translational Skills Among Mathematical Representations


Res. Assist. Feride Ozyildirim

Research Assistant, Elementary Mathematics Division, Hacettepe University
Ankara, Turkey

I was graduated from Middle East Technical University. My department was Mathematics Education. I have been working as a research assistant in the department of elementary mathematics education at Hacettepe University for approximately one year.

Sema Ipek

Graduate Student, Elementary Mathematics Division, Hacettepe University
ankara, Turkey

I was graduated from Middle East Technical University. My department was Mathematics Education. Now I am a graduate student in the department of elementary mathematics education at Hacettepe University. My research interests are geometrical thinking, using technology in mathematics.

Oylum Akkus

Assistant Professor Doctor, Elementary Mathematics Education, Hacettepe University
Ankara, Turkey

I am graduated from Middle East Technical University from the department of Mathematics Education in 1997. I completed my PhD at the same department. Since 1998 I have been working at the department of mathematics education in Hacettepe University. I am interested in using multiple representation in mathematics teaching, algebraic learning, and creative drama.

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