Developing Problem-solving Approaches to Teaching: Theory and Practice

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Title: Developing Problem-solving Approaches to Teaching: Theory and Practice
Authors: Ní Shúilleabháin, Aoibhinn
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Date: Dec-2014
Abstract: George Polya’s book, How to solve it (1945), is likely to have been one of the first books to focus on building students’ skills as problem solvers. Polya, a Hungarian professor of mathematics, realised that it was not sufficient that his students knew their mathematical facts--they also needed to have a relational understanding of the subject in order to use mathematics as a tool. While Polya’s book has provided much food for thought for mathematics educators at all levels throughout the decades, the legacy of his writing is in defining a heuristic or framework for students to solve problems.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: IMTA
Keywords: Teaching and learningMathematics educationProblem solving
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Mathematics and Statistics Research Collection

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