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ERIC Number: EJ939798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Autonomy and Mathematical Problem-Solving: The Early Years
Rogers, Jennifer
Education 3-13, v32 n3 p24-31 2004
Problem solving is seen to lie at the "heart" of mathematics (Cockcroft, 1982). Problem solving is also of great importance to industry that claims many young people leave school and take up jobs without the skills needed to sort out difficulties and problems (Smith Report, 2004). So is problem solving at the heart of mathematics teaching in today's Primary classrooms? A study conducted with children aged three to five years shows that they already find problem solving difficult and at odds with what they learn at school. Further findings suggest that problem-solving is difficult to teach and difficult for children to learn. While this matter is of increasing concern to government and employers, how much does it worry teachers and parents, and what might be done to improve the situation? This paper considers the place of mathematical problem solving in current curriculum frameworks, classroom practice and tests, as well as its relevance to children and teachers throughout the Early Years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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