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Problem solving competency and the mathematical kangaroo
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8449-130X
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education / [ed] Konrad Krainer, Naďa Vondrová, Prague, Czech Republic, 2015, 1095-1096 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The goal of the study was to investigate differences in how two groups of students activated mathematical competencies in the mathematical kangaroo (MK). The two groups, group 1 and 2, were identified from a sample of 264 students (grade 7, age 13) through high achievement (top 20 %) in only one of the tests: the MK or a curriculum bounded test (CT). Analysis of mathematical competencies showed that the high achievers in the MK, activated the problem solving competency to a greater extent than the high achievers in the CT, when doing the MK. The results indicate the importance of using non-traditional tests in the assessment process of students to be able to find students that might possess good mathematical competencies although they do not show it on curriculum bounded tests.

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Prague, Czech Republic, 2015. 1095-1096 p.
Keyword [en]
Problem solving, mathematical competency, alternative assessment
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Didactics Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42509ISBN: 978-80-7290-844-8OAI: diva2:930754
Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-05-25 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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