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ERIC Number: EJ850962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Approach to Mathematical Problem Solving and Students' Belief Systems: Two Case Studies
Callejo, Maria Luz; Vila, Antoni
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v72 n1 p111-126 Sep 2009
The goal of the study reported here is to gain a better understanding of the role of belief systems in the approach phase to mathematical problem solving. Two students of high academic performance were selected based on a previous exploratory study of 61 students 12-13 years old. In this study we identified different types of approaches to problems that determine the behavior of students in the problem-solving process. The research found two aspects that explain the students' approaches to problem solving: (1) the presence of a dualistic belief system originating in the student's school experience; and (2) motivation linked to beliefs regarding the difficulty of the task. Our results indicate that there is a complex relationship between students' belief systems and approaches to problem solving, if we consider a wide variety of beliefs about the nature of mathematics and problem solving and motivational beliefs, but that it is not possible to establish relationships of causality between specific beliefs and problem-solving activity (or vice versa).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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