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2008
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Graphical Revelations: Comparing Students' Translation Errors in Graphics and Logic

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Graphical Revelations: Comparing Students' Translation Errors in Graphics and Logic
We are interested in developing a better understanding of what it is that students find difficult in learning logic. We use both natural language and diagram-based methods for teaching students the formal language of first-order logic. In this paper, we present some initial results that demonstrate that, when we look at how students construct diagrammatic representations of information expressed in natural language (NL) sentences, the error patterns are different from those observed when students translate from NL to first-order logic (FOL). In the NL-to-diagram construction task, errors associated with the interpretation of the expression not a small dodecahedron were manifested much more frequently with respect to the object's size than with respect to its shape. In the NL-to-FOL task, however, no such asymmetry was observed. We hypothesize a number of possible factors that might be implicated here: differences between the NL-todiagram and NL-to-FOL tasks; the reduced expressivi...
Richard Cox, Robert Dale, John Etchemendy, Dave Ba
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where DIAGRAMS
Authors Richard Cox, Robert Dale, John Etchemendy, Dave Barker-Plummer
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