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ERIC Number: EJ869821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
A Working Memory Model Applied to Mathematical Word Problem Solving
Alamolhodaei, Hassan
Asia Pacific Education Review, v10 n2 p183-192 Jun 2009
The main objective of this study is (a) to explore the relationship among cognitive style (field dependence/independence), working memory, and mathematics anxiety and (b) to examine their effects on students' mathematics problem solving. A sample of 161 school girls (13-14 years old) were tested on (1) the Witkin's cognitive style (Group Embedded Figure Test) and (2) Digit Span Backwards Test, with two mathematics exams. Results obtained indicate that the effect of field dependency, working memory, and mathematics anxiety on students' mathematical word problem solving was significant. Moreover, the correlation among working memory capacity, cognitive style, and students' mathematics anxiety was significant. Overall, these findings could help to provide some practical implications for adapting problem solving skills and effective teaching/learning.
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Language: English
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