ERIC Number: ED427960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Cognitive Strategies in Mental Rotation and Mathematical Word Problems.
Patrick, Carol; Claxton, Amy
It has been hypothesized that differences in mathematical word problems are the result of differences in spatial skill. Why complex spatial abilities are needed for an individual to represent the relatively simple spatial relations in word problems is not clear. It is possible that a third variable, cognitive strategy preferences, may partially explain the relation between mental rotation and mathematical problem solving. In this study, cognitive strategy was not found to play a role in the relation between mental rotation and math word problem performance. Other variables that might mediate the relationship are discussed, including the effect of gender stereotypes on spatial and mathematical activity levels. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).