Active comparison as a means of promoting the development of abstract conditional knowledge and appropriate choice of diagrams in math word problem solving

Yuri Uesaka, Emmanuel Manalo

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    Abstract

    This study sought to address the problem of novices not being able to select the appropriate diagrams to suit given tasks. It investigated the usefulness of providing teaching sessions that involved active comparison of diagrams and review of lessons learnt following problem solving. Fifty-eight 8th grade participants were assigned to one of two instruction conditions. In both, traditional math classes were provided in which diagrams were used to explain how to solve math word problems. However, participants in the experimental group were additionally provided with sessions that required them to actively compare diagrams used, and consider and articulate the lessons they learnt from the problem solving exercises. The results showed that participants in the experimental condition subsequently constructed more appropriate diagrams in solving math word problems. In an assessment of conditional knowledge, these participants also provided more abstract and detailed descriptions about the uses of diagrams in problem solving.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Pages181-195
    Number of pages15
    Volume4045 LNAI
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event4th International Conference on Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Diagrams 2006 - Stanford, CA
    Duration: 2006 Jun 282006 Jun 30

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume4045 LNAI
    ISSN (Print)03029743
    ISSN (Electronic)16113349

    Other

    Other4th International Conference on Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Diagrams 2006
    CityStanford, CA
    Period06/6/2806/6/30

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Theoretical Computer Science

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    Uesaka, Y., & Manalo, E. (2006). Active comparison as a means of promoting the development of abstract conditional knowledge and appropriate choice of diagrams in math word problem solving. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 4045 LNAI, pp. 181-195). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 4045 LNAI). https://doi.org/10.1007/11783183_25