The realistic reasons behind unrealistic solutions: The role of interpretive activity in word problem solving

Noriyuki Inoue*

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研究成果: Article査読

25 被引用数 (Scopus)

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It is known that school-aged children have a strong tendency to solve mathematical word problems by mechanically calculating numbers even if their calculational answers seem unrealistic. The present study found that undergraduate students also demonstrate this tendency, but many of them could justify their "unrealistic" responses with sensible rationales. In-depth clinical interviews revealed that some of the "unrealistic" responses stemmed from simply an unanticipated, but realistic understanding of the problem situations, while others stemmed from intentionally conforming to the culture of schooling. It is suggested that cognitive functioning in problem solving is highly dependent on an individual's contextual interpretation of the activity.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)69-83
ページ数15
ジャーナルLearning and Instruction
15
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2005 2
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 教育
  • 発達心理学および教育心理学

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