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Considering Cognitive Factors in Interest Research: Context Personalization and Illustrations in Math Curricula
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Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education--North American Chapter (PME-NA),

Abstract

This paper examines two factors that have been shown in previous literature to enhance students' interest in learning mathematics--personalization of problems to students' interest areas, and the addition of visual representations such as decorative illustrations. In two studies taking place within an online curriculum for middle school mathematics, students receive problem types that vary with respect to these factors. Results show that while these interest-enhancing interventions may benefit students in the short-term as they solve modified problems, there is little evidence they allow students to understand key mathematics concepts more deeply. [This paper was published in: Wood, M. B., Turner, E. E., Civil, M., & Eli, J. A. (Eds.). (2016). "Proceedings of the 38th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education." Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.

Citation

Candace, W., Clinton, V. & Mingle, L. (2016). Considering Cognitive Factors in Interest Research: Context Personalization and Illustrations in Math Curricula. Presented at Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education--North American Chapter (PME-NA) 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2019 from .

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