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Hästö, Peter; Palkki, Riikka (2019) Finnish students′ flexibility and its relation to speed and accuracy in equation solving. Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education, 2019, Vol 24, issue 3-4, pp. 43–58.

Finnish students’ flexibility and its relation to speed and accuracy in equation solving

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Author: Hästö, Peter1; Palkki, Riikka2
Organizations: 1University of Turku and University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Nationellt centrum för matematikutbildning (NCM), 2019
Publish Date: 2021-11-30


A total of 266 Finnish students participated in a flexible equation solving test. By flexibility we under-stand the knowledge of multiple strategies and ability to choose the most mathematically appropriate strategy for a given task. Here we focus on the first aspect, namely knowledge of appropriate alterna-tive, so-called innovative strategies. The test measured students’ capacity and inclination for produc-ing innovative strategies. We consider the relationship between these measures and students’ speed and accuracy in solving equations. We find that students with high capacity for innovation have high speed and accuracy. On the other hand, some low capacity students had high speed or accuracy whereas others had low. Inclination for innovation is not related to speed or accuracy.

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Series: Nomad. Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk
ISSN: 1104-2176
ISSN-E: 2002-4061
ISSN-L: 1104-2176
Volume: 24
Issue: 3-4
Pages: 43 - 58
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 111 Mathematics
516 Educational sciences
Funding: The second author was supported financially by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.
Copyright information: © 2019 The Authors and Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education–Nordisk Matematikkdidaktikk, NOMAD.