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ERIC Number: EJ1203320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Systems Thinking and Mathematical Problem Solving
Salado, Alejandro; Chowdhury, Ahsan Habib; Norton, Anderson
School Science and Mathematics, v119 n1 p49-58 Jan 2019
Problem solving lies at the core of engineering and remains central in school mathematics. Word problems are a traditional instructional mechanism for learning how to apply mathematics to solving problems. Word problems are formulated so that a student can identify data relevant to the question asked and choose a set of mathematical operations that leads to the answer. However, the complexity and interconnectedness of contemporary problems demands that problem-solving methods be shaped by systems thinking. This article presents results from three clinical interviews that aimed at understanding the effects that traditional word problems have on a student's ability to use systems thinking. In particular, the interviews examined how children parse word problems and how they update their answers when contextual information is provided. Results show that traditional word problems create unintended dispositions that limit systems thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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