Reducing intrinsic cognitive load in percentage change problems: The equation approach

Bing, Hiong Ngu and Huy, P. Phan and Kian, Sam Hong and Hasbee, Usop (2016) Reducing intrinsic cognitive load in percentage change problems: The equation approach. Learning and Individual Differences, 51. pp. 81-90. ISSN 1041-6080

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We compared the equation approach and unitary approach in helping students (n = 59) learn percentage change problems from a cognitive load perspective. The equation approach emphasized a two-part learning process. Part 1 revised prior knowledge of percentage quantity; Part 2 integrated the percentage quantity and the original amount in an equation for solution. Central to the unitary approach is the concept of unit percentage (1%). The unitary approach would expect to incur high element interactivity because of the intrinsic nature of its solution steps, and the need to search and integrate quantity and percentage in order to act as a point of reference for calculating the unit percentage. Test results and the instructional efficiency measure favored the equation approach. It was suggested that the equation approach reduced the intrinsic cognitive load associated with percentage change problems via sequencing and prior knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intrinsic cognitive load, Mathematics education, Percentage change problems, Problem solving, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 06:11
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2017 01:51

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