Copying equations to assess mathematical competence: An evaluation of pause measures using graphical protocol analysis

Cheng, Peter C -H (2014) Copying equations to assess mathematical competence: An evaluation of pause measures using graphical protocol analysis. In: Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX, pp. 319-324.

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Abstract

Can mathematical competence be measured by analyzing the patterns of pauses between written elements in the freehand copying of mathematical equations? Twenty participants of varying levels of mathematical competence copied sets of equations and sequences of numbers on a graphics tablet. The third quartile of pauses is an effective measure, because it re- flects the greater number of chunks and the longer time spent per chunk by novices as they processed the equations. To compensate for individual differences in speeds of elementary operations and skill in writing basic mathematical symbols, variants on the measure were devised and tested.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
Depositing User: Peter Cheng
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2014 06:24
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2014 06:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50610

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