ERIC Number: ED476628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Does the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge Make Students Better Problem Solvers? An Examination of Third Graders' Solutions of Division-with-Remainder (DWR) Problems.
Guerrero, Lourdes; Rivera, Antonio
Fourteen third graders were given numerical computation and division-with-remainder (DWR) problems both before and after they were taught the division algorithm in classrooms. Their solutions were examined. The results show that students' initial acquisition of the division algorithm did improve their performance in numerical division computations with small whole numbers but not in solving DWR problems. Students' acquisition of division algorithm led some of them to perceive a DRW problem as one that can be solved using division procedure. However, all of them retreated from their initial perception of division procedure to the execution of alternative procedures for solutions. The use of alternative procedures led these students to achieve similar success rate and treat a remainder in a similar way when solving DWR problems before and after learning division algorithm in classroom. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (23rd, Snowbird, Utah, October 18-21, 2001). p501-08. For full proceedings, see SE 065 231.