ERIC Number: EJ956273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Problem-Solving: Scaling the "Brick Wall"
Mathematics Teaching, n225 p38-42 Nov 2011
Across the primary and secondary phases, pupils are encouraged to use and apply their knowledge, skills, and understanding of mathematics to solve problems in a variety of forms, ranging from single-stage word problems to the challenge of extended rich tasks. Amongst many others, Cockcroft (1982) emphasised the importance and relevance of problem-solving skills in mathematics and his views have been echoed consistently and authoritatively both in academic literature and by government-funded research. The author reflects on his experiences of working with a class of Year 8 students and their mathematics teacher. He explores how the students were encouraged to develop supportive dispositions and successful strategies when the "going gets tough" in solving mathematical problems.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 8, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom