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ERIC Number: EJ1102429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
The King and Prisoner Puzzle: A Way of Introducing the Components of Logical Structures
Roh, Kyeong Hah; Lee, Yong Hah; Tanner, Austin
PRIMUS, v26 n5 p424-436 2016
The purpose of this paper is to provide issues related to student understanding of logical components that arise when solving word problems. We designed a logic problem called the King and Prisoner Puzzle--a linguistically simple, yet logically challenging problem. In this paper, we describe various student solutions to the puzzle and discuss the issues with students' logic. In particular, it is thought-provoking that invalid arguments in students' solutions to the puzzle are based on a lack of precise understanding of some basic logical components. This emphasizes the necessity of additional teaching to form mutual understanding of the meaning of the logical components.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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