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Problem solving in the school curriculum from a design perspective
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Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA 2010) on “Shaping the future of mathematics education”, Fremantle, Western Australia, 3 – 7 July 2010
In this symposium, we discuss some preliminary data collected from our problem
solving project which uses a design experiment approach. Our approach to problem
solving in the school curriculum is in tandem with what Schoenfeld (2007) claimed:
“Crafting instruction that would make a wide range of problem-solving strategies
accessible to students would be a very valuable contribution … This is an engineering task
rather than a conceptual one” (p. 541). In the first paper, we look at how two teachers on
this project taught problem solving. As good problems are key to the successful
implementation of our project, in the second paper, we focus on some of the problems that
were used in the project and discuss the views of the participating students on these
problems. The third paper shows how an initially selected problem led to a substitute
problem to meet our design criteria.
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