ERIC Number: ED374981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Using a Computer Simulation To Determine Linguistic Demands in Arithmetic Word Problem Solving or Is the Time Right for a Database of Word Problems?
LeBlanc, Mark D.
Relating natural language to mathematical language is an important component of elementary mathematics education. This paper describes new steps toward a computerized database of addition and subtraction word problems that could provide teachers and students with access to critical natural language terms and expressions for mathematical relationships. On the basis of new results from a computer simulation that is sensitive to slight changes in problem wording, the suggestion is that a database of word problems that reflects a relative order of difficulty is not only feasible but essential if researchers in this area are to increase the practical dissemination of research results. A collection of math stories sensitive to children's text comprehension skills and mathematical development is the foundation of an ongoing effort to implement a knowledge-building environment that can facilitate children's discussions of why one math story is more difficult than another, as well as encourage communities of students to build their own database of stories. An appendix contains an example simulation of EDUCE and SELAH solving a static-non-relational (combine 5) problem. Contains 64 references. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).