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ERIC Number: EJ1174414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1479-4802
Using the Relational Paradigm: Effects on Pupils' Reasoning in Solving Additive Word Problems
Polotskaia, Elena; Savard, Annie
Research in Mathematics Education, v20 n1 p70-90 2018
Pupils' difficulties in solving word problems continue to attract attention: while researchers highlight the importance of relational reasoning and modelling, school curricula typically use short word problems to develop pupils' knowledge of arithmetic operations and calculation strategies. The Relational Paradigm attributes the leading role in mathematics learning to the development of relational thinking. Using this perspective, we implemented a new approach to teaching additive word problem-solving in primary school, encouraging relational thinking and modelling. We compared the overall results of additive word problems solved by Grade 2 elementary pupils in the experimental group (N = 216) and in the control group (N = 196). Our data show: (a) on average, the experimental group performed significantly better in problem-solving than the control group; and (b) in the control group, there was a considerable lack of success in solving problems that require relational thinking--there was no such effect in the experimental group.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 2
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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