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ERIC Number: ED425910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
Pages: 28
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The Role of Fantasy and Real-World Problem Contexts in Fourth- and Sixth-Grade Students' Mathematical Problem Solving.
Wiest, Lynda R.
This study was an investigation of the influence of word-problem context--the nonmathematical, verbal aspect of a problem--on fourth- and sixth-grade students' preferences for and problem solving performance on word problems. Problems were parallel in mathematical structure but differed by major context category--fantasy and real-world. Subcategories were low fantasy, high fantasy, children's real-world, and adults' real world. Students' responses to problems varied more markedly by individual problem than by context category. Problem-solving scores in general were somewhat low. Girls and boys fared equally well, but students in a small town scored significantly lower than those from a small city. (Contains 64 references and 8 tables.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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