Seventh Grade Students’ Translational Skills among Mathematical Representations
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 semistructured 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
Res. Assist. Feride Ozyildirim
Research Assistant, Elementary Mathematics Division, Hacettepe University

Sema Ipek
Graduate Student, Elementary Mathematics Division, Hacettepe University

Oylum Akkus
Assistant Professor Doctor, Elementary Mathematics Education, Hacettepe University

Ref: L09P1351