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ERIC Number: ED546683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 163
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2674-9722-2
Increasing Fourth-Grade Students' Proficiency at Solving Mathematical Word Problems
Norford, Jennifer A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The purpose of the study was to identify effective pedagogical strategies to increase 4th grade students' mathematics problem-solving skills. Numerous researchers have looked at mathematics problem solving; however, there is a scarcity of data relating to 4th grade mathematics problem solving proficiency. Fourth grade students at the participating school have not become proficient in solving mathematical word problems. This phenomenological study was, grounded in the constructivist theory. The research questions were used to investigate reasons for low achievement in mathematics problem solving as well as effective pedagogical strategies to improve proficiency in mathematics problem solving. Interviews were conducted with volunteer participants. Coded data were examined for patterns, themes, and relationships to determine if the theoretical proposition was supported. The findings revealed that there were no clear factors that caused students to lack proficiency in mathematics problem solving, but pointed to some factors such as comprehension, vocabulary, and teachers' pedagogical skills. The data revealed that 100% of the participants needed professional development to improve their pedagogical skills which assisted in the creation of a specific "Lesson Study Professional Plan" that may enhance students' mathematical word-problem-solving abilities and help students become better learners. The implications for positive social change included the use of best pedagogical strategies for mathematics problem solving by mathematics educators that might ultimately lead to improved student abilities to solve mathematics word problems. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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