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Behavioral Research and Teaching

Error analysis is a method commonly used to identify the cause of student errors when they make consistent mistakes. It is a process of reviewing a student's work and then looking for patterns of misunderstanding. Errors in mathematics can be factual, procedural, or conceptual, and may occur for a number of reasons. Reasons why students make errors include lack of knowledge, poor attention and carelessness, The author provides seven steps describing the error analysis process, applied to mathematics.

Descriptors: Error Patterns, Mathematics, Learning Problems, Barriers, Error Correction, Best Practices, Mathematics Activities

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Author: Lai, Cheng-Fei


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