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ERIC Number: EJ1017728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
An Investigation of Problem Solving Approaches, Strategies, and Models Used by the 7th and 8th Grade Students When Solving Real-World Problems
Bayazit, Ibrahim
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v13 n3 p1920-1927 Sum 2013
This study scrutinises approaches and thinking processes displayed by the elementary school students when solving real-world problems. It employed a qualitative inquiry to produce rich and realistic data about the case at hand. The research sample included 116 students. The data were obtained from written exam and semistructured interviews, and they were analysed using content and discourse analysis methods. The results indicated that most of the students disregarded the real-life situations that the problems are related to. They displayed non-realistic approaches that included application of rules, procedures, and factual knowledge in a straightforward and uncritical way. Most of the students lacked the ability to use alternative approaches and appropriate strategies. Some constructed models of the problem situations, yet most of these students were not able to utilise these instruments as a conceptual tool to gain insight into the situations. Rather, models were used as part of the routine--rules, procedures and factual knowledge--that the students applied uncritically.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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