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ERIC Number: EJ904874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-8
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Secondary 2 Students' Difficulties in Solving Non-Routine Problems
Yeo, Kai Kow Joseph
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Oct 2009
As part of a study on mathematical problem solving of secondary 2 (13- to 14-years old) students in Singapore, 56 Secondary two students from ten secondary schools participated in this study. The purpose of this paper is to explore difficulties faced by 56 Secondary 2 students when solving problems. These interviews were analysed using the structure derived from Newman (1983) and Ransley (1979). From the interviews the difficulties experienced by Secondary 2 students who were prevented from obtaining a correct solution were: (a) lack of comprehension of the problem posed, (b) lack of strategy knowledge, (c) inability to translate the problem into mathematical form, and (d) inability to use the correct mathematics. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore