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ERIC Number: EJ992900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Relooking "Look Back": A Student's Attempt at Problem Solving Using Polya's Model
Leong, Yew Hoong; Toh, Tin Lam; Tay, Eng Guan; Quek, Khiok Seng; Dindyal, Jaguthsing
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v43 n3 p357-369 2012
Against the backdrop of half a century of research in mathematics problem solving, Polya's last stage is especially conspicuous--by the scarcity of research on it! Much of the research focused on the first three stages (J.M. Francisco and C.A. Maher, "Conditions for promoting reasoning in problem solving: Insights from a longitudinal study," J. Math. Behav. 24 (2005), pp. 361-372; J.A. Taylor and C. Mcdonald, "Writing in groups as a tool for non-routine problem solving in first year university mathematics," Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 38(5) (2007), pp. 639-655.), with little or no successful attempts at following through with the subjects. In this article, we describe a case study of how the innovation of a "Practical Worksheet" within a new paradigm of a "Mathematics Practical" enabled a high-achieving student to push beyond getting a solution for a problem to extending, adapting and generalizing his solution. The findings from this study indicate promise in achieving the learning of Polya's model with notable success in the fourth stage, Look Back. (Contains 2 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 9
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore