ERIC Number: ED207848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Distance University Students' Use of Course Material to Complete Mathematics Exercises.
Svenson, Ian F.; And Others
This study reports an investigation of the way in which distance students use course materials and plan their work in order to complete mathematics exercises. Two undergraduate students of mathematics and one graduate student were asked to complete a course exercise using standard course materials under distance studying conditions. They verbalized their thoughts while working. The verbal protocols of students' problem-solving processes and use of course materials were described and compared using 12 component procedures of mathematics problem-solving. It was found that the two undergraduates centered on single aspects of the problem. They used examples rather than conceptual information presented in the written materials. The graduate made greater use of theories and definitions, but like the undergraduates, neglected the expository material. No student planned the work. The data and a review of the problem-solving literature indicate the need for course designers and tutors teaching mathematics via written materials to know how those materials are interpreted and used by their students. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Heuristic Methods; Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Forum of the Australian and South Pacific External Studies Association (Suva, Fiji, August, 1981).