A Study of the Algebra Acquisition of Hispanic and Anglo Ninth Graders: Research Findings Relevant to Teacher Training and Classroom Practice

Jose P. Mestre, William J. Gerace

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Abstract

This article summarizes a one-year study conducted with five Anglo and nine Hispanic ninth grade students enrolled in beginning algebra. The clinical interview approach used throughout the academic year allowed a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the students’ manipulative skills, their problem solving habits and their attitudes toward algebra. Findings from this study revealed a number of factors that inhibit the acquisition of problem solving skills among both Anglos and Hispanics. Recommendations are proposed aimed at improving the algebraic problem-solving skills of students in general, and of Hispanics in particular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-167
Number of pages31
JournalNABE Journal
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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