ERIC Number: ED255376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Problem Representation Indicative of Understanding in Mathematics Problem Solving.
Yackel, Erna; Wheatley, Grayson H.
This study investigated the problem representations formed by college students while solving mathematics problems. Problem representation characteristics indicative of understanding were identified by analyzing audio-tapes and written work of sixteen subjects, ages 16 to 24, who solved mathematics problems using the think-aloud technique. These characteristics fall into three broad categories: 1) content, 2) external code, and 3) processes involved in establishing the representation. This characterization is summarized in a problem representation instrument which can be used to assess the degree of understanding exhibited during problem solving. Significant positive correlations of the characteristics with follow-up tasks assumed to be indicative of understanding were obtained. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).