Student Difficulties and Misconceptions in Solving Simple Linear Equations

The purpose of this study was to investigate student difficulties, common errors and misconceptions in solving simple linear algebraic equations within a group of students (n = 217) from four different schools. The results suggest that the students in lower achievement groups have conceptual problems and mal-rules, some of which might be considered as misconceptions. In general, students in the middle and higher achievement levels did arithmetical and computational errors.


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KABAR, MAKBULE GÖZDE DİDİŞ; Erbaş, Ayhan Kürşat (2015-08-01)
This study attempts to investigate the performance of tenth-grade students in solving quadratic equations with one unknown, using symbolic equation and word-problem representations. The participants were 217 tenth-grade students, from three different public high schools. Data was collected through an open-ended questionnaire comprising eight symbolic equations and four word problems; furthermore, semi-structured interviews were conducted with sixteen of the students. In the data analysis, the percentage of ...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the high school students’ perceptions on effectiveness of their physics and mathematics teachers. For this purpose a 71-item questionnaire, with a reliability coefficient of 0.97, was developed and applied to 1237 9th grade students in Ankara. 30 Physics teachers and 33 Mathematics teachers were evaluated by student ratings in 13 regular high schools and 6 Anatolian lycees. As a result, 17 % of physics teachers and 27% of mathematics teachers found to be consider...
Didis, M. Gozde; Bas, Sinem; Erbaş, Ayhan Kürşat (2011-02-13)
This study examined 10th grade students' procedures for solving quadratic equations with one unknown. An open-ended test was designed and administered to 113 students in a high school in Antalya, Turkey. The data were analyzed in terms of the students' foci while they were answering the questions. The results revealed that factoring the quadratic equations was challenging to them, particularly when students experienced them in a different structure from what they were used to. Furthermore, although students...
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The effect of an instruction designed by cognitive load theory principles on 7th grade students' achievement in algebra topics and cognitive load
Takır, Aygil; Aksu, Meral; Department of Educational Sciences (2011)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of an instruction designed by the Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) principles on 7th grade students‟ achievement in Algebra topics and cognitive load. Two groups (experimental and control) from a public school in Istanbul took part in the study. Each group had 40 students; totally 80 students were included in the study. A quasi-experimental research design was utilized. The study was conducted in totally six weeks in 2010-2011 fall semester. The instruction...
Citation Formats
A. K. Erbaş and Y. Ersoy, “Student Difficulties and Misconceptions in Solving Simple Linear Equations,” EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, pp. 44–59, 2009, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: