ERIC Number: ED179424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Realities of Problem Solving in Elementary School With Practical Pointers for Teachers.
Brandau, Linda; Easley, Jack
This paper is divided into three parts. Part I connects the reality of the classroom with the idealism which arises from some of the problem solving literature. It is argued that a broader concept of problem solving is needed to provide a perspective for bridging the gap between the conceptions of problem solving in the literature and typical classroom practice. Part II examines what "problem solving" might mean in the context of the elementary school classroom. Part III considers how children can be helped to understand the non-arbitrary character of rules of arithmetic by examining the connectedness of mathematical ideas, rules, and procedures. Also included is a list of references and recommended readings, a list of specific pointers for teachers, and a conclusions section. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Computation, Educational Resources, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.