Mathematical problem solving for everyone: A new beginning
Jaguthsing Dindyal, Tay, E. G., Toh, T. L., Leong, Y. H., & Quek, K. S. (2012). Mathematical problem solving for everyone: A new beginning. The Mathematics Educator, 13(2), 1-20. http://math.nie.edu.sg/ame/matheduc/journal/v13_2/v132_1.aspx
Mathematical problem solving has been at the core of the Singapore mathematics curriculum framework since the 1990s. We report here the features of the Mathematical Problem Solving for Everyone (M-ProSE) project which was carried out in a Singapore school to realise the learning of mathematical problem solving and as described by Pólya and Schoenfeld. A mathematics problem solving package comprising “mathematics practical” lessons and assessment rubric was trialled in the school for Grade 8 in 2009. Responses from three students show mixed perceptions to the module, but an end-of-module assessment shows that the students were able to present their solutions along Pólya’s four stages. We also describe teacher preparation for teaching the module. After the trial period, the school adopted the module as part of the curriculum and it is now a compulsory course for all Grade 8 students in that school.