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ERIC Number: EJ907754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Cognitive Load and Modelling of an Algebra Problem
Chinnappan, Mohan
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v22 n2 p8-23 2010
In the present study, I examine a modelling strategy as employed by a teacher in the context of an algebra lesson. The actions of this teacher suggest that a modelling approach will have a greater impact on enriching student learning if we do not lose sight of the need to manage associated cognitive loads that could either aid or hinder the integration of core concepts with processes that are at play. Results here also show that modelling a problem that is set within an authentic context helps learners develop a better appreciation of variables and relations that constitute the model. The teacher's scaffolding actions revealed the use of strategies that foster the development of connected, meaningful and more useable algebraic knowledge. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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