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Undergraduate students' difficulties in conceptual understanding of derivation

Hashemi, Nourooz and Abu, Mohd. Salleh and Kashefi, Hamidreza and Rahimi, Khadijeh (2014) Undergraduate students' difficulties in conceptual understanding of derivation. 3rd Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research (Cy-ICER 2014), 143 . pp. 358-366. ISSN 1877-0428

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.07.495


Derivation is one of the fundamental concepts in the learning of university mathematics. It is a prerequisite for other concepts in undergraduate level and its traces are visible in the majority of mathematical courses at university level. Students have difficulties in the learning of this concept which mostly come back to lack of conceptual understanding. The purpose of this study is to investigate the reasons of difficulties, which faced students in conceptual understanding of derivation. The design of this study is qualitative analysis of open-ended questions, and its subjects consisted of 63 undergraduate students. The findings showed students have serious difficulties in understanding conceptually of derivation. The students’ responds indicated that main reasons of difficulties in conceptual understanding of derivation come back to focusing on symbolic aspect more than embodied aspect, lack of making logical connection between these aspects, and weakness of dealing with generalized question. Findings of this study provide information to undergraduate instructors and students to overcome learning difficulties of derivation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:mathematical courses, derivation
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
ID Code:63153
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:15 Jun 2017 02:07
Last Modified:15 Jun 2017 02:07

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