ERIC Number: ED207849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Children to Solve One-Step Word Problems.
Rathmell, Edward C.
It is noted that helping children learn how to solve problems has become a major goal for school mathematics. However, many children are not very successful at deciding what operation is appropriate for solving a given problem, and teachers often have difficulty describing or explaining how to identify the key features of a particular problem that enable them to decide which operation is appropriate. The focus of this report is on two complementary approaches to helping children learn how to decide when to use a problem-solving operation. The results of these two informal studies infer that children should learn to use various models to represent problem situations. Further, the "part-part-whole" method can help pupils learn to decide which operation is appropriate. It is felt that it is most effective to present these ideas over and over again for just a few minutes each week. While the research focuses on the elementary grades, the methods may also prove useful in some secondary situations. (MP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Heuristics; Mathematics Education Research; Word Problems