ERIC Number: EJ779108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 33
Polya's Legacy: Fully Forgotten or Getting a New Perspective in Theory and Practice?
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, v21 n2 p44-53 2007
Problem solving and student-centred learning have received a great deal of attention in mathematics curricula for schools and in some universities. Much of this emphasis developed from the pioneering work of George Polya in heuristics, problem solving, and mathematics education. In this study, the author reviews Polya's work, and some of its later extensions, in the light of current research findings. It is argued that, despite the attention it has received, problem solving remains a difficult skill, both to teach and to learn. Directions for future work are suggested.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Conceptual Tempo, Review (Reexamination), Profiles, Scientists, Theory Practice Relationship, Heuristics, Mathematical Logic
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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