ERIC Number: ED202690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Problem Solving in Mathematics. An ESEA Title IV-C Instructional Program.
Schaaf, Oscar; Brannan, Richard
OSSC Bulletin, v24 n6 1981
Problem solving is viewed as an ability required throughout life, and how we function is seen to be directly related to how well we solve problems. In this document, the issue of a steady decline in students' abilities in the area of mathematical problem solving is confronted and a program designed to teach students the necessary skills in this area is presented. Major goals of the program include building carefully on what students already know, motivating pupils, giving students a successful experience in mathematics, and teaching them to enjoy the accomplishments of thinking a problem through to conclusion. This document presents an overview to the Problem Solving in Mathematics (PSM) project, the project's approach to problem solving, materials from the fifth-grade level packet of supplementary activities, information on research on problem solving in general and on the PSM project, a limited bibliography, and four appendices. (MP)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 5, Instructional Materials, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Student Motivation, Supplementary Reading Materials, Teaching Methods, Worksheets
Oregon School Study Council, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 (individual copy $4.00, $3.00 if prepaid; discount of 10% for 10 or more copies).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lane County Education Service District, Eygene, OR.; Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers: Heuristics; Oregon School Study Council; Problem Solving in Mathematics Project
Note: Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of small print.