Errors in Solving Word Problems

 AUTHOR/S: Archibard I. Ontoy, Marvin Jay B. Baclay, Cletus Dave C. Quintero

DATE COMPLETED:  October  1,2016



             This study sought to identify the common errors made by the grade 8 students of the Ateneo de Davao University in solving word problems involving linear equations in two variables, and to determine whether a relationship in the distribution of errors committed was significant when across–classified by gender and the primary schools attended. Using the descriptive method, the researchers gathered the population of responses with errors to determine its distribution among pre-defined error types (e.g. Translation, Computational, and clerical errors). Responses were based on students’ answers in a 5–item word problem test. However the frequency of errors when ranked, suggests that errors are due to translation of text to algebraic language or mathematical sentence. Testing the hypothesis at 0.05 alpha, found a significant relationship in the distribution of errors between the level of proficiency.

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