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ERIC Number: EJ859740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Algebra 2.0
Ozgun-Koca, Asli; Edwards, Michael Todd
Mathematics Teaching, n214 p6-10 May 2009
Solving true problems requires persistence. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) states that "problem solving means engaging in a task for which the solution method is not known in advance. In order to find a solution, students must draw on their knowledge, and through this process they will often develop new mathematical understandings." A problem situation should also create curiosity and be within the difficulty level of the students for them to become interested in working for a solution. True problem-solving situations are open-ended, allowing problem solvers to create and use different strategies, and afford students opportunities to develop a new mathematical knowledge through the problem-solving process. The authors posit that technology can play a meaningful role in the problem solving experiences of students. By providing learners with multiple ways to look at problems, and multiple ways to explore possible solutions, students using technology engage in tasks in a way that sustains their curiosity while allowing them to explore problems in collaborative settings. In this article, the authors describe two problem-solving situations that allow students to use different heuristics as they solve rich tasks using technology. (Contains 17 figures.)
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Language: English
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