school algebra

This article briefly discusses a particular error in algebra that is quite common and the possible reasons for this error. Even though our focus is just on one particular error, analysing the error leads to insights about deeper issues that students have with algebra. Our discussion draws on research in mathematics education on the learning of algebra. Such research, done in many places across the world including in India, not only analyses various kinds of errors that students make but also develops better approaches to the teaching of algebra.

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