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Title: A metacognitive approach in kick-starting the understanding and planning phases of mathematical problem solving
Authors: Hong, Seek Eng
Lee, Ngan Hoe
Yeo, Darren Jian Sheng
Keywords: Metacognition
Problem solving
Understanding. Planning
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Citation: Paper presented at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), Seoul, Korea, 8-15 July 2012
Abstract: Pupils have consistently fared poorly in solving non-routine Mathematical problems and the main obstacle is in understanding problems fully and planning for an effective problem-solving approach. The present study explored the impact of a metacognitive scheme on pupils' ability to solve non-routine Mathematical problems. Using a pretest-posttest design involving 63 pupils from two intact mixed-ability Primary Four classes, pupils' findings revealed that the intervention was effective, to a small extent, in improving pupils' awareness of problems, personal control of their problem-solving behaviour and emotions as well as regulation of their own thinking. Pupils also became more confident and engaged in problem solving, and they ultimately achieved greater problem-solving success. Limitations and instructional implications were discussed.
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