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ERIC Number: ED281748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Aspects of Transfer of Learning in Mathematical Problem Solving with Respect to the Order of Problem Presentation.
Zollman, Alan
A prime concern of problem-solving instruction is to maximize positive transfer of learning from a previously solved problem to a new problem. One aspect of the relationship between transfer of learning and problem-solving instruction is the order of problem presentation. In this study, order of problem presentation is controlled, while certain inner-structure attributes of the problem tasks as well as the problem embodiment are varied systematically to determine their effect on transfer of learning to solve mathematical process problems. Ninety-four fifth graders were involved in the study; each was given two analogous mathematical process word problems to solve in a specific order of presentation, so that only one of the inner-structure attributes or the problem embodiment would differ. Transfer of learning was determined by three measures: (1) success/non-success at obtaining the correct answer; (2) time taken to answer correctly; and (3) observed strategies used by the student. The order of presentation (from less difficult to more difficult) produced positive transfer of learning but the most influential factor was the problem embodiment or wording. (Author/MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A