ERIC Number: ED334971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Mathematics Problem Solving within a Cooperative Learning Computer Structure.
Arenz, Bernard W.
Mathematics problem solving skills need to be developed through meaningful interactions. Computer simulations combined with cooperative learning methods provide students a context within which to construct an understanding of mathematics problem solving. This study examines the distribution and sequence of events that result in acquisition of those problem solving skills. Subject pairs of middle school age were observed solving mathematics problems presented by a computer simulated microworld. It appears that a complex set of strategies resulting in successful solution of the mathematics problems are developed by the subjects during the successful completion of the computer simulation and those strategies may be acquired within pairs of subjects. This study indicates that for this limited case mathematics problem solving skills along with cooperative communications can be a positive supplement to more traditional instruction. However, additional work in this area is indicated to assess the extent and magnitude of the learning taking place during the completion of the computer simulation. (2 figures, 43 references) (Author/BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research Presentations at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology; see IR 015 132.