ERIC Number: ED250215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Problem Solving in Mathematics, In-Service Guide. Lane County Mathematics Project.
Brannan, Richard; And Others
Problem Solving in Mathematics (PSM) is a program of problem-solving lessons for grades 4-9. The content objectives of these lessons are similar to those of most textbooks. However, PSM emphasizes problem-solving skills and a variety of instructional strategies which foster the development of such skills. These strategies include direct instruction, guided discovery, laboratory work, small-group discussions, nondirective instruction, and individual work. This guide shows how PSM lessons should be used and how PSM activities can be integrated into the regular mathematics curriculum to provide students with a more stimulating problem-solving experience. Areas addressed include: the nature of problem-solving in mathematics; the philosophy of the PSM program; how PSM is different from other problem-solving materials; implementing PSM in schools; what research says about problem-solving; and evaluation of student work. Fifteen problems (with answers) for teachers to complete are included. These problems are designed to increase the teacher's confidence level and ability in problem-solving methods. Also included are suggestions for creating a classroom climate for problem-solving, a list of teacher behaviors indicative of problem-solving (in the form of a self-evaluation checklist), and an observational chart (with instructions) for evaluating problem-solving behaviors in the classroom. (JN)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Problem Sets, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Secondary School Mathematics, Skill Development, Teacher Behavior
Dale Seymour Publications, P.O. Box 10888, Palo Alto, CA 94303 ($18.95, $120.00 for entire set; audio-cassette tapes no charge, on 2-week loan).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Office of Policy and Program Development.
Authoring Institution: Lane County Education Service District, Eygene, OR.
Identifiers: Problem Solving in Mathematics Project
Note: For related documents, see SE 045 241-247. In-service audio cassette tapes, which provide indepth guidance on using the PSM grade-level books, are available for loan upon request.