ERIC Number: ED175630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Problem-Solving Performance and Memory for Mathematical Problems: Solving Related Problems.
Silver, Edward A.
This study, presented at the 1979 meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco, examines the relationship between a student's mathematical problem-solving ability and the nature of the student's recall of information from previously-solved problems. Seventy-seven seventh-grade students completed tasks measuring their initial perceptions of problem relatedness, their ability to solve verbal problems, and their recall of information from previously-solved problems. Results suggested that good and poor problem solvers differed in the nature of their problem recall. Good problem solvers tended to recall information about a problem's structure, whereas poor problem solvers rarely did. Nevertheless, poor problem solvers were sometimes able to recall the details of a problem's statement better than were poor problem solvers. A significant transfer effect was found from the solution and discussion of one problem to the solution of a structurally related problem. (Author/HM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Conference Reports, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Learning, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Perception, Performance Factors, Problem Solving, Recall (Psychology), Relevance (Information Retrieval), Retention (Psychology)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Educational Research Association
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979); Contains occasional broken type