ALCOCK, L., KILBEY, T. and INGLIS, M., 2015. How do undergraduates read mathematical texts? An eye-movement study. Presented at: Didactics of Mathematics in Higher Education as a Discipline, 1st-4th December 2015, Hannover, Germany.
This paper reports on an eye-movement study of undergraduate mathematical reading behaviours.
The eye movements of 38 undergraduate students were recorded as they read a multi-page textbook
section on graph theory; participants then took a short comprehension test. This abstract reports
basic results showing that neither reading time nor processing effort – measured via mean fixation
durations – predicted comprehension test performance: students who read for longer or tried harder
did not necessarily learn more. The conference report will include more detailed analysis of
participants’ eye movements: it will explore their relative attention to different parts of the text and the
extent to which they shift their attention back and forth during learning, and will analyse the extent to
which these behaviours differ across more and less effective learners.