Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 5, No. 4 (2008)

Algebraic Thinking and Guess My Number Problems

Estella P. De Los Santos, University of Houston-Victoria
Barba Aldis Patton, University of Houston-Victoria


The purpose of this study was to assess student knowledge of numeric, visual and algebraic representations. Seventh-grade and tenth-grade students wrote numeric, visual, and algebraic representations for four “Guess My Number” problems. Seventh-grade students had significantly higher scores than tenth-grade students on visual representation responses.

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