Fitzpatrick, Cheryll (2012) The role of situation model dimensions in math word problems. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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Math word problems can be quite challenging to students. In recent years, the math word problem literature has emphasized the importance of situation models (SM). SMs are a way of building a mental representation (using the text and previous knowledge) organized around five dimensions: protagonist, causal, motivational, temporal, and spatial. Wording of math word problems was manipulated to reflect two of these dimensions - spatial and motivational. Spatial (associated and dissociated) and motivational (motivational and neutral) questions were given to grades 3 and 5 students. Gender and grade were found to interact with performance in the spatial dimension, while only gender interacted with performance in the motivational dimension.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Includes bibliographical references (leaves 50-57).|
|Keywords:||word problems, situation models, motivational dimension, spatial dimension|
|Department(s):||Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Word problems (Mathematics)--Psychological aspects; Cognitive psychology; Space perception in children; Motivation (Psychology) in children|
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