ERIC Number: EJ1070557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul-10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Sixth Graders and Non-Routine Problems: Which Strategies Are Decisive for Success?
Educational Research and Reviews, v10 n13 p1807-1816 Jul 2015
This study investigated the role of each strategy in explaining sixth graders' (12-13 years old students') non-routine problem solving success and discriminating between successful and unsuccessful students. Twelve non-routine problems were given to 123 pupils. Answers were scored between 0 and 10. Bottom and top segments of 27% were then determined based on total scores. All scripts of pupils in these segments were then re-scored with regard to strategy use. Multiple regression analysis showed that strategies explain 65% of the problem solving success. Order of importance of strategies are as follows: "make a drawing," "look for a pattern," "guess and check," "make a systematic list," "simplify the problem," and "work backward." According to discriminant analysis results, strategies which play a significant role in distinguishing top and bottom students are "look for a pattern," "make a drawing," "simplify the problem," "guess and check" and "work backward," respectively.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Problem Solving, Multiple Regression Analysis, Discriminant Analysis, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey