### Abstract

Students are documented as struggling in high school with using formal proofs. In particular, students believe that algebra is expected by teachers but is a component of responses not easily understood by themselves. This research documented the use of algebra by 35 students from a range of high schools throughout New Zealand when responding to two justification question in an externally set end-of-high-school examination. Although the numbers of students are small, some differences according to gender and socioeconomic background and question format suggest that further research needs to be done.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | MERGA 28 |

Subtitle of host publication | Building connections : research, theory, and practice |

Place of Publication | Sydney, NSW |

Publisher | MERGA Inc |

Pages | 537-544 |

Number of pages | 8 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 1920846093 |

Publication status | Published - 2005 |

Event | Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2005 - RMIT, Melbourne, VIC, Australia Duration: 07 Jul 2005 → 09 Jul 2005 |

### Conference

Conference | Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2005 |
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Country | Australia |

Period | 07/07/05 → 09/07/05 |

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## Cite this

Meaney, T. (2005). The use of algebra in senior high school students' justifications. In

*MERGA 28: Building connections : research, theory, and practice*(pp. 537-544). MERGA Inc.