ERIC Number: ED309934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Fostering Basic Problem-Solving Skills in Mathematics.
Clement, John; Konold, Clifford
Teaching students to think mathematically or to apply mathematics to the solution of real-world problems has become a national priority. This paper explores a method of developing the basic problem-solving skills in a remedial mathematics course at the college freshman level. The first part of this paper describes some basic problem-solving skills including stage-specific and general skills. A protocol of a student's solution to the Days problem using pair problem solving is presented and some difficulties preventing students from arriving at correct solutions are discussed. One method of developing the basic skills in the context of a problem-based mathematics course is considered. The rudimentary skills required for solving a problem should be the focus of the early stage of problem solving instruction. The appendix contains a handout to help students learn the role of the listener and to distinguish it from the more natural role of the helper. Eleven references are listed. (YP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A