ERIC Number: ED283671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Problem-solving Techniques Helpful in Mathematics and Science.
Reeves, Charles A.
Local, state, and national professional organizations have endorsed problem solving as the most important outcome to be achieved in a K-12 mathematics program. This booklet illustrates some ways to teach different problem solving strategies to elementary school students. It concentrates on methods involving: (1) working background; (2) using a table, chart, or list to organize information; (3) drawing diagrams; (4) the searching and recognition of patterns; and (5) guessing, checking, and revising. In addition, there are sections on general problem solving techniques and on visual discrimination. Each section includes some background information and an explanation of the problem solving technique being addressed, along with specific examples and problems to be solved. Teachers should be exposed directly to these ideas in an inservice setting. (TW)
Descriptors: Charts, Diagrams, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Learning Activities, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Mathematics Skills, Pattern Recognition, Problem Solving, Tables (Data), Visual Discrimination
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($4.00; 10 or more copies less 20%).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.