Navigation Links
'Real World' Examples Don't Make Math Any Easier
Date:4/24/2008

Those who learn concepts through abstract cases more likely to retain knowledge, study says

THURSDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- The use of "real-world" concrete examples doesn't help students learn math, according to an Ohio State University study that challenges the widespread use of this approach in classrooms.

The study found that college students who learned a mathematical concept with concrete examples couldn't apply that knowledge to new situations, while students who learned the same concept through abstract examples were much more likely to be able to transfer that knowledge to different situations.

The study is published in the April 25 issue of the journal Science.

"These findings cast doubt on a long-standing belief in education. The belief in using concrete examples is very deeply ingrained and hasn't been questioned or tested," study co-author Vladimir Sloutsky, professor of psychology and human development and director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Ohio State, said in a prepared statement.

Examples of concrete learning include story problems often given to math students, such as the classic one of two trains that leave different cities and head toward each other at different speeds.

"The danger with teaching using this example is that many students only learn how to solve the problem with the trains," study leader Jennifer Kaminski, a research scientist at the Center for Cognitive Science, said in a prepared statement. "If students are later given a problem using the same mathematical principles, but about rising water levels instead of trains, that knowledge just doesn't seem to transfer."

"It is very difficult to extract mathematical principles from story problems," Sloutsky added. "Story problems could be an incredible teaching instrument for testing what was learned. But they are bad instruments for teaching."

Story problems and the use o
'/>"/>

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. New Report Reveals Students Lack Awareness of Resources Needed by Pregnant and Parenting College Students: Perception is Reality
2. Improved Governance Needed To Realize Nanotechs Benefits
3. Healthcare Realty Trust Announces First Quarter Earnings Release Date and Conference Call
4. Old Orchard Introduces First Multi-Serve Vitamin Water, Sweetened with Agave Nectar and Real Fruit Juice
5. BioMed Realty Trust to Report 2008 First Quarter Results
6. BioMed Realty Trust Announces 90,000 Square Foot Lease at Pacific Research Center
7. Physicians: McCains Health Care Plan More Realistic Than Obamas and Clintons
8. Ventas to Present at Credit Suisse 2008 Global Real Estate Conference
9. U.S. Health Care System Must Be Reformed, Say Nine Out of 10 Realtors(R)
10. Registry unveils real-world data on novel excel stent
11. Are teenage brains really different?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/17/2014)... have identified new pain relief targets that could ... BBSRC-funded researchers at King,s College London made the ... in the periphery of the body. , Dr ... identifying mechanisms underlying pain generation and our findings ... side effects." , One potential side effect of ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... 17, 2014) Two recent papers by a ... colleagues may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines ... Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses. , Jeffrey ... molecular genetics at the School of Medicine and ... Medical Institute, and colleagues recently published articles in ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... (April 17, 2014) Doctors who treat patients ... lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) can face an agonizing treatment decision. ... the disease and help relieve shortness of breath. ... and sirolimus can cause potentially fatal complications following ... Dr. Daniel Dilling, medical director of Loyola University ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... Medicine (BUSM) have discovered that the anti-seizure drug ... The findings, reported in the American Journal ... to more effective treatments for alcoholism. , Excessive ... causes of illness and death in the U.S. ... the productivity of workers and necessitating huge health ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... YORK (17 April 2014) Population Council scientists and their ... safe, stable, and can prevent the transmission of multiple ... rectum in animals: HIV, herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), ... the first data that the gel is effective against ... efficacy in the vagina against all three viruses of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:New pain relief targets discovered 2Health News:CU researchers discover target for treating dengue fever 2Health News:Patients with rare lung disease face agonizing treatment dilemma 2Health News:Patients with rare lung disease face agonizing treatment dilemma 3Health News:BUSM researchers find anti-seizure drug may reduce alcohol consumption 2Health News:Animal study provides first evidence that gel can prevent multiple virus transmission in vagina/rectum 2
... risk of type 2 diabetesPORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., March 24 ... Diabetes Association urges all Americans to learn about type 2 ... educate the public, the American Diabetes Association and one of ... up to provide an online video that explains the symptoms ...
... Offers New Option for Adult Patients Suffering From ... Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved TYGACIL(R) (tigecycline), ... bacterial pneumonia (CABP) caused by susceptible strains of ...
... drives Victoria,s Secret Fashion Show and Armani Exchange model ... a cureHOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 24 Brazilian supermodel Izabel ... Ambassador for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the nonprofit ... at the world-renowned Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the ...
... Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates ... in Indianapolis April 1 and 2 for the First ... , A unique event, this conference will bring together ... foster collaboration between physicians from Western and Middle Eastern ...
... laser surgeon in Beverly Hills, appeared on The Doctors TV Show, ... the most comprehensive center specializing in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic ... ... Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2009 -- Dr. Simon ...
... California is making health care easier and more accessible ... Proveedor Medico , the Spanish version of its existing English ... allows all visitors - even if they,re not yet Blue ... doctors and hospitals to help them make more informed decisions ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:American Diabetes Association Alert(R) Day Video - Do You Have Diabetes? 2Health News:American Diabetes Association Alert(R) Day Video - Do You Have Diabetes? 3Health News:American Diabetes Association Alert(R) Day Video - Do You Have Diabetes? 4Health News:FDA Approves New Indication for Wyeth's TYGACIL (tigecycline) for the Treatment of Adult Patients with Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia 2Health News:FDA Approves New Indication for Wyeth's TYGACIL (tigecycline) for the Treatment of Adult Patients with Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia 3Health News:FDA Approves New Indication for Wyeth's TYGACIL (tigecycline) for the Treatment of Adult Patients with Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia 4Health News:FDA Approves New Indication for Wyeth's TYGACIL (tigecycline) for the Treatment of Adult Patients with Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia 5Health News:FDA Approves New Indication for Wyeth's TYGACIL (tigecycline) for the Treatment of Adult Patients with Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia 6Health News:FDA Approves New Indication for Wyeth's TYGACIL (tigecycline) for the Treatment of Adult Patients with Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia 7Health News:Supermodel Izabel Goulart Partners With Diabetes Research Institute Foundation as International Ambassador 2Health News:Supermodel Izabel Goulart Partners With Diabetes Research Institute Foundation as International Ambassador 3Health News:Dr. Simon Ourian, Pioneer Laser Surgeon, Appears on The Doctors TV Show 2Health News:Dr. Simon Ourian, Pioneer Laser Surgeon, Appears on The Doctors TV Show 3Health News:Dr. Simon Ourian, Pioneer Laser Surgeon, Appears on The Doctors TV Show 4Health News:Blue Shield of California Launches Online Spanish-Language Service to Help Members Choose a Medical Provider 2Health News:Blue Shield of California Launches Online Spanish-Language Service to Help Members Choose a Medical Provider 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. , Jan. 15, 2014 As ... of the flu virus, select Meijer pharmacies in ... and strep throat to eligible patients, enabling Meijer pharmacists to ... under strict protocol set by a physician participating in the ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014  Novation, the leading health care ... new IT value-added reseller (VAR) national contracts that expand ... and services at lower costs. These include manufacturer product ... as initiative assistance and ongoing IT consulting support. ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014 Massachusetts General ... AMGN ) announced today that they ... and validate new therapeutic targets and develop novel ... disorder that affects millions worldwide. The MGH-Broad-Amgen collaboration ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest 2Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest 3New Novation Information Technology VAR Contracts Offer Significant Savings to Hospitals 2Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 3Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 4
... Speakers Group (WWSG) , an innovative leader transforming the ... is proud to announce its exclusive representation of ... Human Services Secretary, EPA Administrator and three-term governor of ... in both the private and public sectors, Governor Leavitt ...
... 19 Accium BioSciences, a leading provider of bioanalytical ... today new pricing for its AMS measurement service at ... $115 per sample. The new pricing includes sample graphitization ... expert bioanalytical and quality assurance services at competitive rates. ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Governor Michael O. Leavitt, Former HHS Secretary and EPA Administrator, Selects WorldWide Speakers Group for Exclusive Representation 2Accium BioSciences Announces $99 Sample Pricing for Its Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Measurement Service 2
... The Bayer Immuno 1 provides ... immunoassay instrument with over 50 ... endocrinology, tumor marker, therapeutic drug, ... can be performed on a ...
... The new Synchron LXi 725 clinical ... with highly accurate immunoassay testing capabilities, ... handling on a single platform. After ... automatically repeated for optimal quality assurance. ...
...
...
Medicine Products: