Taking notes as a strategy for solving reality-based tasks in mathematics
Lisa-Marie Wienecke 1 * , Dominik Leiss 1 , Timo Ehmke 1
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1 Leuphana University Lueneburg, Lueneburg, GERMANY* Corresponding Author


This study investigates the extent to which student and task-related characteristics are associated with different types of note-taking and analyzes how task success depends on these elements. For this purpose, a sample of n=866 students (age: mean=13.99) completing two reality-based tasks as part of a paper and pencil test are considered. The results demonstrate that the note-taking type differs significantly between the two parallel constructed tasks. For example, language skills (r=.26), interest in mathematics (r=.13), and the socio-economic statuses (r=.12) are observed to be significantly correlated to greater note-taking frequency. Based on linear regression (dependent variable: successful task solution), 34% of the variance is attributed to note-taking and other student characteristics. The most relevant predictor for a successful task solution (β=.36) is notes containing an elaboration of the given task information.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, Volume 18, Issue 3, August 2023, Article No: em0744


Publication date: 01 Jul 2023

Online publication date: 25 May 2023

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