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      Computer Algebra Systems and Their Effect on Cognitive Load

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      9th Bi-annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9) (NDM)

      Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9)

      23 - 26 June 2009

      computer algebra system, user interface, cognitive load, skills-rules-knowledge

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          Motivation – In this paper we discuss the beginning of a research project into the design of user interfaces for Computer Algebra Systems (CASs). Research approachFindings/Design – We begin to examine a theoretical framework describing how people learn problem-solving skills. We also briefly discuss a field study we conducted. Research limitations/Implications – The field study, while small and preliminary, allowed us to see some areas where students ran in to difficulty using Maple. The theoretical framework we begin to outline should help us understand the cause of some of those difficulties. Originality/Value – We begin to better understand how people use CASs to learn mathematics. We also begin to combine Cognitive Load Theory and the Skills-Rules-Knowledge framework. Take away message – This is the beginning of a research project that should help us better understand how CASs can be better designed to assist with learning and the problem-solving process.

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          Conference
          June 2009
          June 2009
          : 378-383
          Affiliations
          University of Waterloo
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/NDM2009.62
          © Tom Robinson et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 9th Bi-annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9), BCS London

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          9th Bi-annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9)
          NDM
          9
          BCS London
          23 - 26 June 2009
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9)
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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