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Title: Semantic characteristics that make arithmetic word problems difficult
Authors: Berinderjeet Kaur
Yeap, Ban Har
Issue Date: Jun-2001
Citation: Berinderjeet Kaur, & Yeap, B. H. (2001). Semantic characteristics that make arithmetic word problems difficult. In Numeracy and Beyond: Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (pp. 555-562). Australia: University of Sydney.
Abstract: This paper describes an investigation on semantic characteristics that make an arithmetic word problem difficult for children. Five semantic characteristics were delineated for investigation. They are (1) type of semantic relations, (2) number of semantic relations, (3) number of types of semantic relations, (4) presence of simultaneous unknowns, and (5) nature of unknowns. 436 year three and 116 year five children were given pairs of word
problems that differ in one of the five semantic characteristics. It was found that the presence more types of semantic relations and of simultaneous unknowns significantly increases the difficulty of arithmetic word problems.
Description: This paper was published in the 2001 Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated held at University of Sydney, Australia from 30 June-4 July, 2001
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/14364
ISBN: 1864873868
ISSN: 9781864873863
Website: http://www.merga.net.au/node/38?year=2001
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