This study investigates students’ ways of attending to linear sequential data in two tasks, and conjectures possible relationships between those ways and elements of the task design. Drawing on the substantial literature about such situations, we focus for this paper on linear rate of change, and on covariation and correspondence approaches to linear data. Data sources included a survey instrument of six tasks that was developed in collaboration with a group of teachers, and the tasks for this paper are two concerned with linear functions. The whole survey was given to 20 students from each of UK years 7–11 and 10 students from each year 12–13 (total of 120 students). Our analytical approach was to identify what all students appear to do, not how correct they were or what pre-determined methods they might use. Our analysis uses theories of dual-process and dynamic graded continuum to suggest conjectures about how students’ capabilities in acting with sequential data depend to some extent on task features, as well as on curriculum and pedagogy.
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- Generalising linear functions
- Rate of change
- Task design
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mathematics (all)