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ERIC Number: EJ868542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications
Zollman, Alan
Middle School Journal (J1), v41 n2 p4-12 Nov 2009
Improving students' problem-solving abilities is a major, if not the major, goal of middle grades mathematics. To address this goal, the author, who is a university mathematics educator, and nine inner-city middle school teachers developed a math/science action research project. This article describes their unique approach to mathematical problem solving derived from research on reading and writing pedagogy, specifically, research indicating that students who use graphic organizers to organize their ideas improve their comprehension and communication skills. It discusses graphic organizers and their potential benefits for both students and teachers, describes the specific graphic organizer adaptations they created for mathematical problem solving, and discusses some of their research results of using the "four corners and a diamond" graphic organizer. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A