Title: Learning to solve mathematical application problems: A design experiment with fifth graders
Authors: Verschaffel, Lieven ×
De Corte, Erik
Lasure, Sabien
Van Vaerenbergh, Griet
Bogaerts, Hedwig
Ratinckx, Elie #
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: L. Erlbaum Associates
Series Title: Mathematical Thinking and Learning vol:1 issue:3 pages:195-229
Abstract: Recent research has shown that many upper elementary school children do not master the skill of solving mathematical application problems. In this design experiment, a learning environment for teaching and learning how to model and solve
mathematical application problems was developed and tested in 4 classes of 5th graders. Pupils were taught a series of heuristics embedded in an overall metacognitive strategy for solving mathematical application problems. Meanwhile, pupils of 7 control classes followed regular mathematics classes. The implementation and effectiveness of the experimental learning environment were tested in a study with a pretest-posttest-retention test design with an experimental and a control group. The results indicate that
the intervention had a positive effect on different aspects of pupils' mathematical modeling and problem-solving abilities.
ISSN: 1098-6065
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Instructional Psychology and Technology
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