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IJSTR >> Volume 9 - Issue 4, April 2020 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616



Flexibility In Mathematics: Case Of Open-Ended Graphing Task In College Algebra

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AUTHOR(S)

Faradillah Haryani

 

KEYWORDS

Flexibility, understanding, connection, conceptual understanding, college algebra, graphing task, analysis, discussion

 

ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyze the flexibility in Mathematics seen from the students work in working with graphing task in the College Algebra course. Flexibility is one of important aspects in problem solving which builds capability to connect the existing knowledge with the previous knowledge by extracting the information needed to be used in solving the problem. This connection will build the robust conceptual understanding. Researcher starts to routinize the flexibility in the teaching process by emphasizing the use of discussion, exploration, and analysis to train students see the specific information among concepts. Researcher also used flexible type questions to routinize the reversibility thought of students. After the teaching process, to assess the flexibility performance of students, researcher gives 4 open-ended graphing questions with different number of competences covered. Interview is also conducted for further investigation. The results showed that students are successfully developed their flexibility in Mathematics regardless their level of Mathematical ability. Their conceptual understanding is also improved, justified by the ability to give the reason of every answer they have made. However, the flexibility performance of students gets weaker when working with more linked competences in a question.

 

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