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Toh, P. C., Dindyal, J., & Ho, F. H. (2013). Scaffolding cards: A strategy for facilitating groups in problem solving. In V. Steinle, L. Ball & C. Bardini (Eds.), Mathematics – Yesterday, today and tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (p. 795-798). Melbourne, VIC: MERGA
Problem solving task design is not only the design of a non-routine problem to be solved by the students. Our task design also requires a supporting document, the practical worksheet, which would act as a cognitive scaffold for the students in the initial stages of the problem solving process before they can internalize the metacognitive strategies and automate the use of these strategies when faced with a new problem. A further enhancement of the scaffolding that can be provided by the teacher as she facilitates forty or more students working on the practical worksheet is a set of scaffolding cards. In this paper, we describe the cards and the preliminary use of these cards to facilitate problem solving for teachers in a professional development workshop.
This paper was presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA 2013) on “Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” held in Melbourne, Australia from 7 – 11 July 2013
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