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ERIC Number: ED501014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
A Perspective for Examining the Link between Problem Posing and Problem Solving
Cai, Jinfa; Hwang, Stephen
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v3 p103-110
In a previous study, we posited a link between Chinese sixth grade students' problem solving and problem posing based on a pattern-formation strategy (Cai & Hwang, 2002). A similar parallel structure between problem solving and problem posing did not obtain for the U.S. sixth graders in the study. The present study attempts to locate this type of parallel structure by analyzing a broader sample of U.S. students. The results of this study show that U.S. seventh graders are much more likely than sixth graders to use abstract strategies. The findings appear to support a relationship between the use of abstract problem solving strategies and the tendency to pose extension problems (problems that go beyond the given information) for the seventh graders. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500858.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A