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ERIC Number: EJ907970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5284
Teaching Math Problem Solving Using a Web-Based Tutoring System, Learning Games, and Students' Writing
Maloy, Robert W.; Edwards, Sharon A.; Anderson, Gordon
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v11 n1-2 p82-90 Jan-Jun 2010
This article describes the use of "4MALITY", a web-based mathematics tutoring system, with 125 Massachusetts fourth graders and their teachers in three rural school districts during the 2007-2008 school year. At the outset, "4MALITY" was envisioned as a stand-alone web based system providing tutorial support to individual students as they prepared for a statewide math achievement exam. What evolved was a broader set of strategies for teaching math problem solving using a combination of computer-based activities, learning games, and students' creative writing of math problems. These interventions proved successful, with 70%of students improving their performance from pre-test to post-test. Based on this study, we suggest that effective alternatives to whole class math instruction are available through structured practice and creative exploration of math problem solving using a creative blend of online and in-person learning activities. (Contains 3 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts