ERIC Number: ED380299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Applied Problem Solving in Finnish School Mathematics Education in the 1980s: Results and Experiences in the International Context. Publication Series A. Research Reports 58.
This study examined the role and development of applied problem solving in mathematics education in the Finnish comprehensive school. The development during the 1980s of applied problem solving in schools was positive in many ways: the changes were cautious and took place more slowly than had been planned; and many obstacles related to the organization of instruction, the curriculum, and the teaching culture constrained a faster and more far-reaching development. In the early 1980s, applied problem solving was intended to be realized mainly by increasing the number of applied tasks, and the way that both pure mathematics and applications connected with these applied tasks was examined in each content area. In the late 1980s, applied problem solving was utilized more often and in more versatile ways. The increase in application tasks and realistic problems in teaching was also reflected in the fact that students' achievement improved slightly in these kinds of tasks. In 1990, most teachers found it easier to adopt applied problem solving as an important part of their mathematics teaching. (Contains 100 references.) (MKR)
Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Studies, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods
Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyraskyala, P.O. Box 35, SF-40351, Jyraskyla, Finland (45 FIM).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Inst. for Educational Research.
Identifiers - Location: Finland