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ERIC Number: EJ1177035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0973
Learning to Solve Challenging Percentage-Change Problems: A Cross-Cultural Study from a Cognitive Load Perspective
Ngu, Bing Hiong; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Phan, Huy P.; Hong, Kian Sam; Usop, Hasbee
Journal of Experimental Education, v86 n3 p362-385 2018
In an experiment, secondary students from Australia and Malaysia (n = 130) were randomly assigned to one of three approaches (equation, unitary, unitary-pictorial) to learn how to solve challenging percentage-change problems. In line with the differential types of cognitive load associated with the three approaches, the unitary-approach group outperformed both the unitary group and the equation group across Australia and Malaysia. In support of cross-cultural findings, the Malaysian students outperformed the Australian students for the equation approach but not the unitary approach nor the unitary-pictorial approach. The Australian students, in contrast, learned better with the unitary-pictorial approach. This study, overall, reveals the "gap" between the Asian and Western countries in the use of problem-solving approaches across different cultural settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Malaysia
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