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ERIC Number: EJ904873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-20
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Mathematical Self-Efficacy of Middle School Students Solving the Rubik Cube
Arizpe, Omar; Dwyer, Jerry; Stevens, Tara
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Oct 2009
A solution to the Rubik's Cube was introduced to an eighth grade mathematics class. The purpose of this study was to determine if an introduction to a solution to the Rubik's Cube could enhance students' problem-solving abilities, increase their general interest in mathematics, and enhance students' problem solving self-efficacy. Pre and Post Surveys were administered. The results revealed a significant increase in students' problem solving abilities and self-efficacy, but no significant increase was found in student interest. Interestingly, further analysis revealed a statistically significant increase in girls' problem solving skills but not in boys. This may have been as a result of the algorithmic approach taken to solve the Rubik's Cube. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A