Does Comparing Solution Methods Facilitate Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge ? An Experimental Study on Learning to Solve Equations

@inproceedings{RittleJohnson2007DoesCS,
  title={Does Comparing Solution Methods Facilitate Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge ? An Experimental Study on Learning to Solve Equations},
  author={Bethany Rittle-Johnson and Jon R. Star},
  year={2007}
}
Encouraging students to share and compare solution methods is a key component of reform efforts in mathematics, and comparison is emerging as a fundamental learning mechanism. To experimentally evaluate the effects of comparison for mathematics learning, the authors randomly assigned 70 seventhgrade students to learn about algebra equation solving by either (a) comparing and contrasting alternative solution methods or (b) reflecting on the same solution methods one at a time. At posttest… CONTINUE READING
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