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Mielicki, Marta K.; Wiley, Jennifer – Journal of Problem Solving, 2016
Successful algebraic problem solving entails adaptability of solution methods using different representations. Prior research has suggested that students are more likely to prefer symbolic solution methods (equations) over graphical ones, even when graphical methods should be more efficient. However, this research has not tested how representation…
Descriptors: Algebra, Problem Solving, Graphs, Equations (Mathematics)
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Ricks, Travis Rex; Wiley, Jennifer – Journal of Problem Solving, 2014
Does having more knowledge or interest in the topics used in example problems facilitate or hinder learning in statistics? Undergraduates enrolled in Introductory Psychology received a lesson on central tendency. Following the lesson, half of the students completed a worksheet with a baseball cover story while the other half received a weather…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Undergraduate Students, Statistics, Psychology
Booth, Julie L.; Barbieri, Christina; Eyer, Francie; Paré-Blagoev, E. Juliana – Journal of Problem Solving, 2014
Students hold many misconceptions as they transition from arithmetic to algebraic thinking, and these misconceptions can hinder their performance and learning in the subject. To identify the errors in Algebra I which are most persistent and pernicious in terms of predicting student difficulty on standardized test items, the present study assessed…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Misconceptions, Mathematical Concepts
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Wegbreit, Ezra; Suzuki, Satoru; Grabowecky, Marcia; Kounios, John; Beeman, Mark – Journal of Problem Solving, 2012
Behavioral and neuroimaging findings indicate that distinct cognitive and neural processes underlie solving problems with sudden insight. Moreover, people with less focused attention sometimes perform better on tests of insight and creative problem solving. However, it remains unclear whether different states of attention, within individuals,…
Descriptors: Verbal Learning, Problem Solving, Visual Learning, Attention
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Collier, Azurii K.; Beeman, Mark – Journal of Problem Solving, 2012
Often when failing to solve problems, individuals report some idea of the solution, but cannot explicitly access the idea. We investigated whether such intuition would relate to improvements in solving and to the manner in which a problem was solved after a 24- hour delay. On Day 1, participants attempted to solve Compound Remote Associate…
Descriptors: Intuition, Problem Solving, Recall (Psychology), Time Factors (Learning)