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Appealing to creativity through solving and posing problems in mathematics class

Miranda, Paulo; Mamede, Ema (2022). Appealing to creativity through solving and posing problems in mathematics class. Acta Scientiae. Revista de Ensino de Ciências e Matemática, 24(4), pp. 109-146 .

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Background: creativity should be a key issue in mathematics learning. However, mathematics class rarely provides opportunities for students to experience it. Problem solving and posing can play a leading role in promoting creative thinking in mathematics. Objectives: this study aims to have an insight into 6th-graders understanding of problem solving and posing, analyse their solving strategies, their ability to pose problems, and their difficulties when doing so. Design: qualitative methods were used in a case study approach. An intervention of five sessions comprising five problem-solving and four problem-posing tasks was implemented in mathematics class. Setting and participants: participants were thirty 6th-graders (11– 12-year-olds) from a public supported school in Braga (Portugal). Data collection and analysis: data collection used photographs, audio recordings, students’ written productions, and researcher field notes. Results: students conceptualised strategies such as building schemas and tables, solving from the end to the beginning, making attempts, and reducing to a simpler problem. Students faced problem posing positively, creating problems adjusted to the requirements, with a wide variety of creative contexts. Students’ difficulties in problem solving rely on the interpretation of statements, recognition of previous similar problems, and mathematical communication; on problem posing, difficulties regarding the complexity of the formulated problems and a weak diversity of problems were identified. Conclusions: problem solving and posing tasks can promote mathematical creativity and knowledge, therefore should be used more often in mathematics class, allowing the construction of solid mathematical skills and enthusiasm.

Tipo de Registro:Artículo
Términos clave:07. Enseñanza > Planificación del profesor > Metodología de enseñanza > Metodología de trabajo en el aula
10. Otras nociones de Educación Matemática > Resolución de problemas > Resolución y estrategias
06. Aprendizaje > Procesos cognitivos > Pensamiento matemático
12. Investigación e innovación en Educación Matemática > Fuentes de información > Grabaciones
10. Otras nociones de Educación Matemática > Resolución de problemas > Planteamiento de problemas
06. Aprendizaje > Procesos cognitivos > Comprensión
Nivel Educativo:Educación Secundaria Básica (13-16 años)
Código ID:31135
Depositado Por:Monitor Funes 1
Depositado En:19 Abr 2023 08:01
Fecha de Modificación Más Reciente:19 Abr 2023 08:01

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