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ERIC Number: ED325352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 22
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College Mathematics Students' Reactions to Word Problems: Perceptions and Performance.
Hauge, Sharon K.; Phua, Mee See
This study compared the performances of college mathematics students on mathematics problems stated in three different contexts: in arithmetical form, in the form of algebraic expressions to be simplified, and in the form of practical situations stated in words. Both single-step and multi-step problems were used. For all three contexts, there were more errors made on the multi-step problems. However, in contrast to results reported in the literature for precollege students, there was no significant difference in the students' performances for the three types of contexts. The study also investigated the perception of the difficulty of solving word problems as compared to other types of problems in mathematics. It was found that students tended to perceive word problems as more difficult. While perception of difficulty had no overall relationship to performance in solving word problems, a significant perception of difficulty x single- versus multi-step interaction was uncovered. This interaction resulted largely from poorer performance in solving multi-step problems by students who perceived word problems as more difficult. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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