Accession Number:

ADA224717

Title:

Access and Use of Previous Solutions in a Problem Solving Situation

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Jul 1987-Jun 1990,

Corporate Author:

PRINCETON UNIV NJ COGNITIVE SCIENCE LAB

Report Date:

1988-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

An important component of problem solving is the ability to make use of previous examples. This requires noticing the relevance between the current and previous problems. We examine the role of the superficial and structural relations among problems and the remindings that these similarities elicit in a problem solving situation. Students learned to program in an electronic book environment in which they were able to store and later retrieve solved problems. Their use of previous solutions suggests that novices are indeed sensitive to structural similarities and can use retrieved solutions in new problem situations.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE