ERIC Number: ED253416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Problem Solving in the Elementary School Mathematics Curriculum.
Berry, Lois Langford
The purpose of this study was to examine the literature to find out if the recommendation by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) that mathematics education should focus on problem-solving in the 1980s was being implemented or had caused any changes in the approach to teaching mathematics in the school curriculum. The study also sought to determine what materials are available for teachers who want to incorporate problem-solving instruction into the classroom mathematics program. The first part of the study presented annotated references on definitions of what mathematical problem-solving is and why it should be the focus of school mathematics programs. The middle section included annotated references on test results and research findings, in an attempt to determine if changes in programs have resulted from the NCTM recommendation and whether research has provided any clues about how to most effectively develop problem-solvers. Finally, proposals for future implementation of problem-solving-centered mathematics programs were formulated, based on information gained from research studies. A summary and conclusions are also presented. (MNS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Exit Project, Indiana University at South Bend.