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An examination of the impact of tuning students’ attention to information in a mathematics problem on their problem-solving performance. (English)
J. Educ. Comput. Res. 20, No. 4, 345-363 (1999).
This study asked the question: Does tuning students’ attention to information in a mathematics problem impact their problem-solving performance? This was a traditional quasi-experimental research study, using some observation and interviewing techniques. The participants were sixth grade middle school students in Conneticut. The experimental group was provided a “tuning” activity prior to solving the Jasper problem, “Rescue at Boone’s Meadow”. Statistical analyses were used to determine the difference on mathematical performance between the two groups and qualitative data were analyzed for emerging themes. Tuning students’ attention to information in a mathematics problem affected their performance on the modified Cloze Procedure Problems. No significant difference was found between the two groups on Transfer Problems. Some differences between the two groups emerged from the qualitative data analysis.
Classification: C73
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