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Title: Mathematical thinking strategies for solving challenging problems
Authors: Fong, Ho Kheong
Issue Date: 1997
Citation: Teaching and Learning, 18(1),54-63
Abstract: Problem solving has been, and still is, the main emphasis in school mathematics (NCTM 1980). Many children, however, face difficulties in solving mathematical problems for various reasons; one of which being the inability to or inadequacy in using mathematical thinking strategies. In view of the importance placed on problem solving in mathematics, two questions need to be addressed: What are some types of mathematical thinking that pose difficulty for children, thereby preventing them from solving"difficult" problems? What strategies can best be used to enhance children's skill in solving challenging problems, based on the type of mathematical thinking identified? This article addresses these questions by discussing three mathematical thinking strategies that teachers can effectively use to help students solve specific mathematical problems. They are: conjecturing, specializing and checking, hypothesis-testing, and modelling.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/390
ISSN: 0129-7112
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles - Teaching and Learning

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