The role of situation model dimensions in math word problems

Fitzpatrick, Cheryll (2012) The role of situation model dimensions in math word problems. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

[img] [English] PDF (Migrated (PDF/A Conversion) from original format: (application/pdf)) - Accepted Version
Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.

Download (16Mb)
  • [img] [English] PDF - Accepted Version
    Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
    (Original Version)

Abstract

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)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/2340
Item ID: 2340
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
Date: 2012
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Word problems (Mathematics)--Psychological aspects; Cognitive psychology; Space perception in children; Motivation (Psychology) in children

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over the past year

View more statistics