IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/hub/wpecon/200853.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Just answering... or thinking? Contrasting pupils' solutions and classifications of missing-value word problems

Author

Listed:
  • Van Dooren, Wim

    () (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • De Bock, Dirk

    () (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • Vleugels, Kim

    (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • Verschaffel, Lieven

    (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

Abstract

Upper primary school children often routinely apply proportional methods to missing-value problems, also when this is inappropriate. We tested whether this tendency can be broken if children do not need to produce computational answers to word problems. 75 6th graders were asked to classify 9 word problems (3 proportional, 3 additive, and 3 constant) and to solve a parallel version of these problems. Half of the children (SC-condition) first did the solution and then the classification task, for the others (CS-condition) the order was opposite. On the word problem test, children often over-used proportional methods, but the CS-condition performed better than the SC-condition, suggesting a positive impact of the classification task. On the classification task, most pupils took into account the underlying mathematical models, but they did not always distinguish proportional from non-proportional problems. The SC-condition erformed worse than the CS-condition, suggesting that solving the word problems first negatively affects later classifications.

Suggested Citation

  • Van Dooren, Wim & De Bock, Dirk & Vleugels, Kim & Verschaffel, Lieven, 2008. "Just answering... or thinking? Contrasting pupils' solutions and classifications of missing-value word problems," Working Papers 2008/53, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200853
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://lirias.hubrussel.be/handle/123456789/2283
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200853. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Sabine Janssens). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/emhubbe.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.