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ERIC Number: ED502029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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WWC Quick Review of the Article "The Advantage of Abstract Examples in Learning Math"
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This study examined whether college students are better able to apply knowledge of simple mathematical concepts when they are taught the concepts using abstract symbols or concrete examples. The research described in this article is consistent with What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. Strengths: The study is a well implemented randomized controlled trial. Cautions: Ten percent of students in the original sample were dropped from the analysis. The authors do not report why students were omitted or how many were dropped from each group. In addition, the authors do not provide information about how well the test questions measured students' knowledge of the concepts taught. [The following article is the focus of this "Quick Review": "The Advantage of Abstract Examples in Learning Math." Science, 320, 454-455. Jennifer A. Kaminski, Vladimir M. Sloutsky, and Andrew F. Heckler.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes