ERIC Number: ED178359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-1
Reference Count: 0
Children's Strategies of Solving Verbal Problems. Final Report.
Zweng, Marilyn J.; And Others
This study attempted to identify the things that help elementary school students solve verbal problems. Among the types of things included for examination were: the attributes of problems, the tools used, and the problem transformations that were possible. The summary of findings is comprised of 29 diverse types of statements grouped under four headings: (1) Problem Difficulty, (2) Effectiveness of Hint, (3) Calculator Usage, and (4) Special Analyses. These findings included: (1) By sixth grade, most single step problems could be solved by children of all ability levels; (2) For all grade levels and all ability levels, "Personalize" was a helpful problem-solving hint; (3) The pattern of calculator usage by low-ability students was very similar to the calculator usage of average-ability students. Both groups used a calculator more often than high ability students; and (4) Contrary to the results of prior research, problems containing extraneous information which was similar to the problem data were not more difficult than problems with "unlike" data. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Verbal Problems
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