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ERIC Number: EJ910391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
The Models Used by Elementary School Teachers to Solve Verbal Problems
Soylu, Yasin
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v35 n4 p25-40 Jul 2010
One of the most important goals of mathematics education is to improve students' problem solving skills, which can only be realized by teachers who are well-trained in this field. In this context, the purpose of the studies on the subject is to investigate the models used by elementary school teachers to solve verbal problems and their opinions in this process. A multiple-case study was conducted for this study which employs the Problem Information Scale comprised of eight open-ended questions. The study sample consists of a total of 100 elementary school teachers. Six of them were selected for individual interviews on the basis of theoretical sampling. The data obtained revealed that the elementary school teachers experienced problems with students aged from 7 to 11 in the use of models to solve verbal problems and they make mistakes by assigning values and replacing variables such as x, y, a with shapes such as, [delta] in the problem equation, instead of using models to solve problems. (Contains 8 tables and 9 figures.)
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey