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ERIC Number: ED171568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Changes Made by Sixth and Eighth Grade Students When Rewriting Arithmetic Word Problems.
Stover, Georgia
Investigated was the effect of format variables that describe mathematical word problems in relation to problem-solving difficulty. Changes made by sixth- and eighth-grade students when asked to rewrite problems in a more adequate or easily understandable format were analyzed. Thirty-five sixth and eighth graders enrolled in a Mentally Gifted Minors program in a large affluent middle school participated in this study. Students were asked to rewrite the word problems individually in a quiet classroom setting. Each student completed the task within a 15- to 50-minute time period depending upon the number and type of problems to be rewritten. The analysis of the rewritten problems shows that the format changes made by students can be classified into twelve categories. Examples of the type of format changes made by some students are also included. (HM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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