ERIC Number: ED389572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
An Examination of the Relationship between the Problem-Solving Behaviors and Achievements of Students in Cooperative-Learning Groups.
Mwerinde, Patrick; Ebert, Christine
This study examined the problem-solving behaviors, strategies, and achievement of college students enrolled in a one-semester college algebra and statistics course, with respect to the content areas of quantitative literacy, connections between algebraic and graphical representations, and mathematical modeling. Four instructional units of this course were chosen, two in which the students were assigned to cooperative-learning groups and two in which the students worked independently. The findings suggest that students who work in cooperative learning groups clearly exhibit important problem-solving behaviors such as persistence and a willingness to explore alternative solutions; however, they still experience difficulty explicating the connections between mathematical actions and/or processes and the related mathematical concepts. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.