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Diagrams Benefit Symbolic Problem Solving

dc.contributor.advisorRittle-Johnson, Bethany
dc.contributor.authorChu, Junyi
dc.identifier.citationChu, J., Rittle-Johnson, B. and Fyfe, E. R. (2017), Diagrams benefit symbolic problem-solving. Br J Educ Psychol, 87: 273–287. doi:10.1111/bjep.12149en_US
dc.descriptionCompleted for the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences, this thesis investigates how presenting diagrams alongside algebra equations can improve students' equation-solving accuracy.en_US
dc.descriptionPlease Note: This manuscript is posted for non-commercial use. It is the pre-publication version and, as such, may contain errors that are not present in the final publication.en_US
dc.description.abstractHow a problem is presented can influence students’ problem-solving performance. For example, including diagrams can alter students’ understanding, choice of strategy and accuracy on word problems. In this study, we examined the effect of diagrams on students’ performance in a symbolic problem domain. Sixty-one seventh-grade students solved algebraic equations presented in two formats: with or without an accompanying diagram. The presence of diagrams increased equation-solving accuracy and use of informal strategies. Overall, the benefits of diagrams found previously for word problems generalized to symbolic problems.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
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dc.subjectExternal representationen_US
dc.subjectProblem solvingen_US
dc.subjectAlgebra equationsen_US
dc.subject.lcshCognitive psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshAlgebra -- Charts, diagrams, etc.en_US
dc.subject.lcshProblem solvingen_US
dc.subject.lcshAlgebra -- Study and teachingen_US
dc.titleDiagrams Benefit Symbolic Problem Solvingen_US
dc.title.alternativeAlgebra Diagramsen_US
dc.description.collegePeabody Collegeen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychology and Human Developmenten_US

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