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ERIC Number: EJ1122992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Puzzle Pedagogy: A Use of Riddles in Mathematics Education
Farnell, Elin
PRIMUS, v27 n2 p202-211 2017
In this article, I present a collection of puzzles appropriate for use in a variety of undergraduate courses, along with suggestions for relevant discussion. Logic puzzles and riddles have long been sources of amusement for mathematicians and the general public alike. I describe the use of puzzles in a classroom setting, and argue for their use as a basis for discussion of the nature of mathematics, for development of problem-solving skills and confidence, and as a means of engaging students from a broad range of mathematical backgrounds. I suggest a consistent use of puzzles in a low-pressure setting as a possible means of fostering inquiry and a positive learning mindset among students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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