Using electronic mail communication and metacognitive instruction to improve mathematical problem solving

Bracha Kramarski, Adiva Liberman

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    Abstract

    The present study investigated the effects of e-mail communication between teachers and students embedded within metacognitive instruction on mathematical problem solving. Three learning environments are compared: (a) e-mail communication with metacognitive instruction (META+EMAIL); (b) e-mail communication without metacognitive instruction (EMAIL); and (c) face-to-face communication (CONT group). Participants were 119 fifth-grade students (boys and girls), who practiced six weeks of problem solving on authentic tasks in three classes. Students who were exposed to e-mail conversation and metacognitive instruction (EMAIL+META) outperformed students who were not exposed to metacognitive instruction (EMAIL and CONT) on problem solving. The effects were observed on various aspects of solving authentic tasks: (a) processing information; (b) using mathematical strategies; and (c) using mathematical communcation. The EMAIL students outperformed the CONT students only on one criterion: Using mathematical strategies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLearning in School, Home and Community
    Subtitle of host publicationICT for Early and Elementary Education - IFIP TC3/ WG3.5 International Working Conference on Learning with Technologies in School, Home and Community
    PublisherSpringer New York LLC
    Pages21-30
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781475756517
    StatePublished - 2003
    EventIFIP TC3/ WG3.5 International Working Conference on Learning with Technologies in School, Home and Community - Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 30 Jun 20025 Jul 2002

    Publication series

    NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
    Volume113
    ISSN (Print)1868-4238

    Conference

    ConferenceIFIP TC3/ WG3.5 International Working Conference on Learning with Technologies in School, Home and Community
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityManchester
    Period30/06/025/07/02

    Keywords

    • Conditions for learning
    • Elementary education
    • Networks
    • Research

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