Title: Realistic considerations in mathematical modeling of school arithmetic word problems
Authors: Verschaffel, Lieven ×
De Corte, Erik
Lasure, Sabien #
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Learning and Instruction vol:4 pages:273-294
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to collect in a systematic way empirical data about the (lack of) activation of real-world knowledge during elementary school pupils' understanding and solution of school arithmetic word problems. Ten pairs of word problems were collectively administered to 75 fifth-graders during a typical mathematics lesson. While the first item of each pair could be modeled and solved in a straightforward and unproblematic way by one or two simple arithmetic operations with the given numbers, the second problem could not be modeled and solved in such a way, at least if one seriously takes into account the realities of the context called up by the problem statement. An analysis of the pupils' reactions to these problematic word problems shows an alarmingly small number of realistic responses or additional comments based on realistic considerations.
ISSN: 0959-4752
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Instructional Psychology and Technology
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