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An Empirical Classification Model for Errors in High School Mathematics
Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar, Orit Zaslavsky and Shlomo Inbar
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan., 1987), pp. 3-14
Published by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/749532
Page Count: 12
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A content-oriented analysis of written solutions to test items in Israeli high school graduation examinations in mathematics yielded a system of six error categories: misused data, misinterpreted language, logically invalid inference, distorted theorem or definition, unverifed solution, and technical error. This system enabled most of the documented errors to be classified. A reliability test showed that the categories are inclusive and mutually exclusive.
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education © 1987 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics