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Working Out How Students Think and Learn

In the Media

The Australian newspaper featured Ken Koedinger, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, in a story about Australia’s first meeting devoted to the science of learning.

To illustrate the challenges facing the field, the writer noted that most mathematics teachers would expect students would find a story problem more difficult to solve than an equation. But research shows them wrong. For school students, the familiar language of the story problem more readily unlocks the answer.

“We have this mantra: the student is not like me,” Koedinger said.