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ERIC Number: ED374164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 25
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A Microanalysis of Pair Problem Solving With and Without a Computer Tool.
Derry, Sharon; And Others
The social interactions that occur during pair problem solving were studied using a computer tool and without using the tool. The computer tool, (the TAPS system) is an instructional system that presents complex word problems and provides a graphics user interface with tools for constructing problem trees (network structures showing interrelationships among sets in a problem). Subjects were 64 undergraduates who identified themselves as weak in mathematics. They were assigned to one of four treatment groups, working with and without TAPS in pairs and with and without TAPS individually. Social behavior was studied through videotaped observation. The analysis produced some modest evidence that using TAPS may have altered the nature of social interactions. TAPS pairs spent more time making suggestions to each other perhaps because of mouse control in the experimental setup and less time problem solving while reading and rereading aloud. Implications for use of such computer tools are discussed. One figure and one table illustrate the analysis. Appendixes list behavior types and contain excerpts from collaborative problem solving. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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