The conceptual understanding of algebraic concepts is challenging to students, adds to the challenge of teaching them. This study aimed to reveal the level of conceptual understanding about Systems of Linear Equations (SLEs) and its difficulties that faced students while they solving problems. The study sample consisted of (68) male and female students of linear algebra course. The conceptual understanding test was prepared with two qualitative and quantitative rubrics to classify students’ levels. The study results showed a decrease in the conceptual understanding of SLEs in general, and in the area of realizing the relationships between concepts related to SLEs in particular. In contrast, the level of conceptual understanding of students was medium in the context of multiple representations. The results also showed many difficulties that students face while solving SLEs. The study recommended the need to focus on the conceptual understanding of concepts related to SLEs and to use multiple representations and connect them together when teaching mathematical concepts.
Tashtoush, M.; Wardat, Y.; Al-Shannaq, M.; AlAli, R.; Saleh, S.; and AL-Saud, K.
"Conceptual Understanding for Systems of Linear Equations: Difficulties and Challenges,"
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