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ERIC Number: EJ771166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Writing in Groups as a Tool for Non-Routine Problem Solving in First Year University Mathematics
Taylor, J. A.; McDonald, C.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v38 n5 p639-655 Jul 2007
Development of mathematical problem solving skills is an age old problem in mathematics. This paper details the design of a component of a first year university mathematics course in which group work and mathematical communication skills, especially writing skills, are used as a tool to develop non-routine problem solving skills. In this design Polya's problem solving framework and a writing heuristic are used synergistically with group work to develop the mathematical skills and enhance the mathematical communication skills of novice students. Students' perceptions and performance indicate that this strategy has been a success and has facilitated the development of some metacognitive behaviours in the students. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia