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Improving students’ understanding of algebra and multiplicative reasoning: did the ICCAMS intervention work?

Hodgen, Jeremy; Coe, Rob; Brown, Margaret; Küchemann, Dieter

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Jeremy Hodgen ttzjh@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Rob Coe

Margaret Brown

Dieter Küchemann



Abstract

In this paper we report on the intervention phase of an ESRC-funded project, Increasing Competence and Confidence in Algebra and Multiplicative Structures (ICCAMS). The intervention was designed to enable teachers to use formative assessment in mathematics classrooms by evaluating what students already knew, then adapting their teaching to students’ learning needs. A key feature was the use of models and representations, such as the Cartesian graph, both to help students better understand mathematical ideas and to help teachers appreciate students’ difficulties. Twenty-two teachers and their Year 8 classes from 11 schools took part in the intervention during 2010/11. Pre! and post-tests in algebra, decimals and ratio were administered to the students of these classes, and compared to a control group of students matched from the ICCAMS national longitudinal survey (using propensity score matching). The students in the intervention group made greater progress than the matched control.

Publication Date Apr 14, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Hodgen, J., Coe, R., Brown, M., & Küchemann, D. (2014). Improving students’ understanding of algebra and multiplicative reasoning: did the ICCAMS intervention work?
Keywords Algebra, Multiplicative reasoning, Formative assessment
Publisher URL http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/BCME8/BCME8-22.pdf
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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