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ERIC Number: EJ803666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
The Place of Problem Solving in Contemporary Mathematics Curriculum Documents
Stacey, Kaye
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v24 n3-4 p341-350 2005
This paper reviews the presentation of problem solving and process aspects of mathematics in curriculum documents from Australia, UK, USA and Singapore. The place of problem solving in the documents is reviewed and contrasted, and illustrative problems from teachers' support materials are used to demonstrate how problem solving is now more often treated as a teaching method, rather than a goal in itself. The paper also analyses how the curriculum documents describe the growth of students' abilities in the process areas of mathematics, and assesses the guidance that this provides for teachers. At each stage, the paper suggests directions for research that would be useful in assisting curriculum documents to promote the fundamental but elusive goal of making students better problem solvers. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Singapore; United Kingdom; United States