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Author:Greeno, Riley; Math Forum
Description: In their 1987 article, "Processes and Development of Understanding," James G. Greeno of Stanford University and Mary S. Riley of San Diego State University examine why younger children seem to lack the ability of older children to solve mathematical word problems. Greeno and Riley distinguish between the ability to do the computation required for problem completion and the ability to identify the question posed by a problem. They dispute the hypothesis that older children's greater facility in solving mathematical word problems results from greater knowledge of possible strategies. Instead, they argue that younger children possess the relevant conceptual knowledge but cannot effectively create a mental representation of the necessary information. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.

Levels: Elementary
Languages: English
Resource Types: Word Problems, Discussion Archives, Articles
Math Ed Topics: Pedagogical Research

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