Error and Misconceptions in Math - 22465

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Write an essay (suggested length of 1–2 pages) in which you describe how student error, student and teacher misconceptions, and instructional activities are interrelated in mathematics instruction.

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Error and Misconceptions in Math


Students are regularly presented with the problem of understanding their life experiences at home and at school.   Trying to make sense of their experiences, most often, opens up the opportunity to make mistakes.  Mistakes can be divided into two categories; errors and misconceptions.  There are many errors and misconceptions students can make in the subject area of mathematics. 


Today teachers need to be aware and knowledgeable about their students understanding of math.  This awareness can contribute professionally to the teacher’s methods of teaching mathematics in the classroom.  Shulman (1986) has had a great impact on the contribution of the content of what teachers should know about student learning in math.  He said that, “an understanding of what makes the learning of specific topics easy or difficult; the conceptions and preconceptions that students of different ages and backgrounds bring with them to the learning of those most frequent