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Developing a model for problem-solving in a Grade 4 mathematics classroom


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Title Developing a model for problem-solving in a Grade 4 mathematics classroom
Creator Nieuwoudt, Susan
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Description The teaching of problem-solving through the development of a problem-solving model was investigated in a Grade 4 mathematics classroom. Learners completed a questionnaire regarding their knowledge of mathematical problem-solving, their attitudes towards problem-solving, as well as their experiences in solving problems. Learners’ responses revealed overall negative beliefs towards problem-solving as well as a lack of knowledge about what problem-solving in mathematics entails. The teacher then involved the learners in a structured learning programme where they worked in cooperative groups of six on different kinds of mathematical problems to solve. The groups regularly engaged in discussions about the different strategies they were using to solve a specific problem and eventually succeeded in formulating a generic problem-solving model they could call their own. The model was effectively used by the learners to solve various mathematical problems, reflecting their levels of cognitive development to a certain extent.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2015-12-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v36i2.275
Source Pythagoras; Vol 36, No 2 (2015); 7 pages 2223-7895 1012-2346
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Susan Nieuwoudt