Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 235–250 | Cite as

Students' understanding of differentiation

  • A. Orton


A clinical interviewing method was used to investigate students' understanding of elementary calculus. The analysis of responses to tasks concerned with differentiation and rate of change led to detailed data concerning the degree of understanding attained and the common errors and misconceptions. Some conclusions were drawn concerning the teaching of differentiation and rate of change. This article is a companion to a previous article concerning integration and limits.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Orton
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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of LeedsUSA

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