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ERIC Number: EJ1157892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1436-4522
An Eye Tracking Study of High- and Low-Performing Students in Solving Interactive and Analytical Problems
Hu, Yiling; Wu, Bian; Gu, Xiaoqing
Educational Technology & Society, v20 n4 p300-311 2017
Test results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveal that Shanghai students performed less well in solving interactive problems (those that require uncovering necessary information) than in solving analytical problems (those having all information disclosed at the outset). Accordingly, this study investigates information-processing strategies in solving these two types of complex problems. High- and low-performing students' eye fixations within certain areas of interest (AOIs) as well as their visits between AOIs were recorded as they solved problems on a computer. High-performing students had long fixation durations for the analytical problem and the problem-solving stage of the interactive problem. With regard to the problem exploration stage of the interactive problem, high-performing students had short fixation durations. These findings demonstrate how students had varying information-processing strategies for different types of problem-solving scenarios at different problem-solving stages. The implications of this study are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China (Shanghai)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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