One secondary teacher's use of problem-solving teaching approaches
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (31st : 2008) (28 June - 1 July 2008 : Brisbane)
Goos, Merrilyn; Brown, Ray and Makar, Katie. Mathematics education research : navigating : proceedings of the 31st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld, Australia,28th June-1st July 2008, p.117-124
This paper reports part of a larger study and examines one teacher’s use of problem-solving teaching approaches in Years 7 and 9. Thirteen problem-solving lessons were observed over an 18 month period during which the teacher devised and used 7 different problem-solving tasks. Three tasks are described in detail and analysed in terms of task structure and implementation, and how the teacher managed wholeclass discussions. Analysis highlights changes in the design and use of the tasks. They became more openended and the teacher improved the quality of whole-class discussions to promote student learning and reflection.
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