ERIC Number: ED373965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Algebra Word Problems: A Review of the Theoretical Models and Related Research Literature.
Carifio, James; Nasser, Ramzi
Research indicates that students have great difficulty solving algebra word problems and that few high school seniors have mastered the fundamentals of algebra, let alone algebra problem-solving skills. Improving students' algebra problem solving skills is considered to be critically important by those who have worked on reforming mathematics education over the past 10 years, as algrebra has become almost an entry level skills for most scientific, business, and technical jobs in western economies. This paper reviews the current models and theories of algebra word problems and algebra word problem solving and integrates these models into a more comprehensive view and model of algebra word problems and problem solving behavior. The empirical research literature is then reviewed in terms of the models presented and summarized, and the implications of each line of inquiry is discussed as well as the types of studies that needs to be done to advance knowledge in this area. Contains 97 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-8, 1994).