Writing in groups as a tool for non-routine problem solving in first year university mathematics

Taylor, Janet A. and McDonald, Christine (2007) Writing in groups as a tool for non-routine problem solving in first year university mathematics. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 38 (5). pp. 639-655. ISSN 0020-739X

Abstract

Development of mathematical problem solving skills is an age old problem in mathematics. This paper details the design of a component of a first year university mathematics course in which group work and mathematical communication skills, especially writing skills, are used as a tool to develop non-routine problem solving skills. In this design Polya’s problem solving framework and a writing heuristic are used synergistically with group work to develop the mathematical skills and enhance the mathematical communication skills of novice students. Students’ perceptions and performance indicate that this strategy has been a success and has facilitated the development of some metacognitive behaviours in the students.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting author version. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Online Publication Date: 01 January 2007 To cite this Article: Taylor, J. A. and McDonald, C. (2007) 'Writing in groups as a tool for non-routine problem solving in first year university mathematics', International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 38:5, 639 - 655.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Janet Taylor
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2007 09:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematics; problem solving; writing; first year university
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/00207390701359396
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3474

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