Exploring high-achieving sixth grade students’ erroneous answers and misconceptions on the angle concept

Suphi Önder Bütüner, Mehmet Filiz*

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    Abstract

    The aim of this research was to investigate high achievers’ erroneous answers and misconceptions on the angle concept. The participants consisted of 233 grade 6 students drawn from eight classes in two well-established elementary schools of Trabzon, Turkey. All the participants were considered to be current achievers in mathematics, graded 4 or 5 out of 5, and selected via a purposive sampling method. Data were collected through six questions reflecting the learning competencies set out in the grade 6 curriculum in Turkey and the findings of previous studies that aimed to identify students’ misconceptions of the angle concept. This questionnaire was then applied over a 40-minute period in each class. The findings were analysed by two researchers whose inter-rater agreement was computed as 0.97, or almost perfect. Thereafter, coding discrepancies were resolved, and consensus was established. We found that although the participants in this study were high achievers, they still held several misconceptions on the angle concept such as recognizing a straight angle or a right angle in different orientations. We also show how some of these misconceptions could have arisen due to the definitions or representations used in the textbook, and offer suggestions concerning their content in the future.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages22
    JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
    Early online date23 Nov 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusEarly online date - 23 Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • erroneous answer
    • high achievers
    • misconception
    • The angle concept

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
    • Education
    • Applied Mathematics

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