Robustness of semantic encoding effects in a transfer task for multiple strategies arithmetic problems

Abstract : The nature of the quantities involved in arithmetic problems promotes semantic encodings that affect the strategy chosen to solve them (Gamo, Sander, & Richard, 2010). Such encoding effects might prevent positive transfer to problems sharing the same formal mathematical structure (Bassok, Wu, & Olseth, 1995). In this study with 5 th and 6 th graders, we investigated the conditions promoting positive and negative transfer in arithmetic problems that could be solved with two distinct strategies. We showed that basic training do not overcome the initial impact of semantic encodings, and we provided evidence that a poor semantic encoding of the training problems leads to transfer errors. This suggests the existence of ontological restrictions on the representation mechanisms involved in word arithmetic problem solving.
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Hippolyte Gros, Jean-Pierre Thibaut, Emmanuel Sander. Robustness of semantic encoding effects in a transfer task for multiple strategies arithmetic problems. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Cognitive Science Society, Jul 2015, Pasadena, United States. pp.818-823, ⟨10.13140/RG.2.1.5178.4165⟩. ⟨hal-01426970⟩

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