Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(11), pp. 2523 - 2532
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041105
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The Mistakes That Are Made by Students with Regard to Functions: Evidence from Erzincan (A Province in Turkey)


Kani Başibüyük 1, Ömer Şahin 2, Burçin Gökkurt 3, Emrullah Erdem 4, Yasin Soylu 5,*
1 Refahiye Vocational School, Erzincan University, Turkey
2 Department of Elementary Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Amasya University, Turkey
3 Department of Elementary Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Bartin University, Turkey
4 Department of Elementary Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Adiyaman University, Turkey
5 Department of Elementary Mathematics Education, Kazim Karabekir Faculty of Education, Ataturk University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study is to identify the mistakes made by ninth grade students in the subject of functions and reveal the reasons for these mistakes. In line with this purpose, the case study method, which is among the qualitative research methods, was used in the study. The study group of the research was composed of 52 Anatolian ninth grade students and four mathematics teachers. Eight open-ended questions were used as the data collection tool. Non-structured interviews were conducted in order to reveal the reasons for the mistakes. The content analysis technique was utilized in analyzing the data. When the obtained findings were examined, it was observed that the majority of the students experienced problems in meaningfully perceiving and expressing the functions. When the data obtained from the interviews was examined, it was observed that the mistakes made by the students resulted from such reasons as lack of conceptual knowledge, memorization-based learning and the fact that they were not ready for the subject.

KEYWORDS
High School Students, Mistakes in Functions, Causes of Mistakes

Cite this paper
Kani Başibüyük , Ömer Şahin , Burçin Gökkurt , Emrullah Erdem , Yasin Soylu . "The Mistakes That Are Made by Students with Regard to Functions: Evidence from Erzincan (A Province in Turkey)." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.11 (2016) 2523 - 2532. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041105.