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Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 71–90 | Cite as

Reducing Abstraction Level When Learning Abstract Algebra Concepts

  • Orit Hazzan
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Abstract

How do undergraduate students cope with abstract algebra concepts? How should we go about researching this question? Based on interviews with undergraduate students and on written questionnaires, a theoretical framework evolved which could coherently account for most of the data. According to this theoretical framework, students' responses can be interpreted as a result of reducing the level of abstraction. In this paper, the theme of reducing abstraction is examined, based on three interpretations for levels of abstraction discussed in mathematics education research literature. From these three perspectives on abstraction, ways in which students reduce abstraction level are analyzed and exemplified.

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Undergraduate Student Mathematics Education Education Research Research Literature Abstraction Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orit Hazzan
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  1. 1.Department of Education in Technology and Science TechnionIsrael Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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