Problem Solving: What did you learn?


Problem solving has a special importance in the learning of mathematics. Research on mathematical problem solving focuses on analysing the extent to which problem solving activities play a crucial role in learners’ understanding and use of prior mathematical knowledge. Mathematical problems are central in providing practice in applying mathematical knowledge to foster students learning. Hence, what students learn from the experience of solving mathematical problems should be given emphasis. In this study, recreational problems, better known as mathematical puzzles were used to explore what pre-service teachers learnt from their experience of solving them. The study used a survey design with open response questions to collect data. The data obtained from this survey was then used to outline a series of questions for future instructions when using these puzzles that would guide the individual to explore the underlying rules to solve the puzzles rather than merely solving them.

Pumadevi Sivasubramaniam

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
D-26 06/12/2018 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University


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