ERIC Number: EJ1116920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Multiple Problem-Solving Strategies Provide Insight into Students' Understanding of Open-Ended Linear Programming Problems
Sole, Marla A.
PRIMUS, v26 n10 p922-937 2016
Open-ended questions that can be solved using different strategies help students learn and integrate content, and provide teachers with greater insights into students' unique capabilities and levels of understanding. This article provides a problem that was modified to allow for multiple approaches. Students tended to employ high-powered, complex, familiar solution strategies rather than simpler, more intuitive strategies, which suggests that students might need more experience working with informal solution methods. During the semester, by incorporating open-ended questions, I gained valuable feedback and was able to better model real-world problems, challenge students with different abilities, and strengthen students' problem-solving skills.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Feedback (Response), Teaching Methods, Intuition, Course Content, Common Core State Standards, Educational Change, Undergraduate Students, Algebra, Introductory Courses, Business, Costs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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