ERIC Number: ED389575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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Students' Recognition of Structural Features in Mathematical Problem Solving Instruction.
Santos T., Manuel
Research in mathematical problem solving has produced significant results in trying to understand what people do to solve problems. An important part of the solution process is the presence of both cognitive and metacognitive strategies. This paper documents the extent to which 13 ninth grade students are able to recognize the basic structure of a problem given in three different contexts. In the analysis, it was important to identify a set of distinctions that the students coordinate during the process of solution. This set of distinctions involves the use of some kind of representation of the problem, the search for connections with other ideas, flexibility in approaching the solutions, and confidence in the results. These ingredients become essential in evaluating the quality of students' work. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Representations (Mathematics)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.