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ERIC Number: EJ803651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
Mathematical Problem Solving and Learning Mathematics: What We Expect Students to Obtain
Nunokawa, Kazuhiko
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v24 n3-4 p325-340 2005
The purpose of this paper is to re-examine the relationships between mathematical problem solving and learning mathematics. After introducing a diagram representing the notion of problem solving, four types of problem solving approaches used in mathematics classrooms will be distinguished according to which aspect of that diagram is attended to. In examining each type of problem solving approach, what is expected to be obtained by students and what can be possible support in that approach will be discussed on the basis of the research literature. Through such examination, it will be shown that a teacher's choice of problem situations and ways of interventions is critical to enabling students to experience "authentic" problem solving and the choice should reflect the teacher's intention. In the last part, problem solving as a way to treat mathematical theories will be discussed and the limitation of problem solving approach raised by the issue of mathematical culture will be made explicit. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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