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ERIC Number: EJ783773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Integrating Content to Create Problem-Solving Opportunities
Beigie, Darin
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v13 n6 p352-360 Feb 2008
This article describes one seventh-grade teacher's classroom efforts to integrate traditional exercises from different content areas to form more robust questions that provide genuine problem-solving opportunities for students. These exercises are illustrated by connecting the Pythagorean theorem with a variety of prealgebra topics. Since the problems are generally the result of combining two specific procedures from different content areas, they can be viewed as perhaps closely related to traditional exercises. However, the need to discern and combine distinct techniques from different content areas usually presents students with a challenging problem-solving situation. Such experiences not only foster higher-order thinking skills among the students, they also lead to a deeper understanding and a better mastery of mathematical content. (Contains 14 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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