Word problems: a review of linguistic and numerical factors contributing to their difficulty

  title={Word problems: a review of linguistic and numerical factors contributing to their difficulty},
  author={Gabriella Dar{\'o}czy and Magdalena Wolska and Walt Detmar Meurers and Hans-Christoph Nuerk},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
Word problems (WPs) belong to the most difficult and complex problem types that pupils encounter during their elementary-level mathematical development. In the classroom setting, they are often viewed as merely arithmetic tasks; however, recent research shows that a number of linguistic verbal components not directly related to arithmetic contribute greatly to their difficulty. In this review, we will distinguish three components of WP difficulty: (i) the linguistic complexity of the problem… CONTINUE READING
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