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ERIC Number: EJ831750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Open-Start Mathematics Problems: An Approach to Assessing Problem Solving
Monaghan, John; Pool, Peter; Roper, Tom; Threlfall, John
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v28 n1 p21-31 Mar 2009
This article describes one type of mathematical problem, open-start problems, and discusses their potential for use in assessment. In open-start problems how one starts to address the problem can vary but they have a correct answer. We argue that the use of open-start problems in assessment could positively influence classroom mathematics teaching. The article provides a brief review of problem solving and describes open-start problems in detail. The article then considers how open-start problems could address some important concerns in the teaching and assessment of mathematics and raises issues with regard to the future use of open-start problems in assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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