ERIC Number: ED325396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Improving Mathematical Problem Solving Skills of Fifth and Seventh Grade Students through a Structured Problem Solving Program.
Hawver, Deborah A.
This practicum addresses the need to organize a structured problem solving program for fifth and seventh grade students. The improvement of the students' problem solving skills and the enhancement of students' attitudes toward problem solving in mathematics were the main goals. The program implemented consisted of a structured problem solving regimen involving students in a variety of guided activities, as well as independent and cooperative group learning. Students were exposed to various strategy techniques and offered opportunities for application of the different strategies. The use of calculators was emphasized. Included in this study are: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Study of the Problem"; (3) "Anticipated Outcomes and Evaluation Instruments"; (4) "Solution Strategy"; and (5)"Results, Conclusions and Recommendation". Appended are a copy of the attitude survey related to problem solving, parental support letter, attendance certificate, and the results of the pretest attitude survey. (KR)
Descriptors: Calculators, Cognitive Development, Cooperative Learning, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 5, Grade 7, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Strategies, Logical Thinking, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Education, Middle Schools, Pretests Posttests, Problem Solving, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teaching Methods, Word Problems (Mathematics)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.