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ERIC Number: ED581358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Promise and Pitfalls of Making Connections in Mathematics
Fyfe, Emily R.; Alibali, Martha W.; Nathan, Mitchell J.
North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (39th, Indianapolis, IN, Oct 5-8, 2017)
Making connections during math instruction is a recommended practice, but may increase the difficulty of the lesson. We used an avatar video instructor to qualitatively examine the role of linking multiple representations for 24 middle school students learning algebra. Students were taught how to solve polynomial multiplication problems, such as (2x + 5)(x + 2), using two representations. Students who viewed an explicit linking episode were more likely to make important connections, but less likely to exhibit problem-solving success than students who did not view the linking episode. Further, the quality of the connections made by the students was negatively related to subsequent problem solving and transfer. Thus, although focusing on connections may support rich understanding, it may decrease learning of solution methods. The results showcase the promise and pitfalls of making connections in mathematics. [For complete proceedings, see ED581294.]
North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. e-mail: pmena.steeringcommittee@gmail.com; Web site: http://www.pmena.org/
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A130016; R305B130007