Reference : Transfer of strategy use by semantic recoding in arithmetic problem solving
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
Transfer of strategy use by semantic recoding in arithmetic problem solving
Gamo, Sylvie mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) >]
Sander, Emmanuel mailto [Université Paris 8 > > > professeur]
Richard, Jean-François mailto [> >]
Learning and Instruction
Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
United Kingdom
[en] Arithmetic problem solving ; Analogical transfer ; Strategy choice
[en] Transfer of strategies between problems sharing the same formal structure is facilitated by a semantic recoding that makes evident the structural similarities between the problems. Two experiments were carried out among 4th and 5th grade pupils, with an experimental group trained to compare strategies in order to reinterpret an arithmetic word problem so that the calculations are consistent with the interpretation, and a control group. The experimental group in Experiment 1 improved significantly by choosing the alternative strategy in problems different from those used in training but no significant progress was observed in the control group. Experiment 2 showed that the improvement observed in the experimental group could not be attributed to the fact that children only learned to use a superficial rule. These results support the idea that the activity of problem re-representation may be a crucial step in mathematization.

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