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The Role of Understanding in Solving Word Problems

Cognitive Psychology Volume 20, Number 4,


Two experiments assessed whether children's difficulty with word problems can be attributed to difficulty in comprehending abstract or ambiguous language. The subjects were 38 first-, 36 second-, and 36 third-graders. The resulting theory of arithmetic word problem solving may represent a theoretical problem-solving model. (TJH)


Cummins, D.D. (1988). The Role of Understanding in Solving Word Problems. Cognitive Psychology, 20(4), 405. Retrieved January 30, 2023 from .

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