Commentary 1 on Problem Solving for the 21st Century

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Title Commentary 1 on Problem Solving for the 21st Century
Author Grootenboer, Peter John
Book Title Theories of Mathematics Education: Seeking New Frontiers
Editor B. Sriraman & L. English
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Heidelberg
Publisher Springer
Abstract In a book that focuses on advances in mathematics education, it is essential that there is a chapter that focus on problem solving, because problem solving has been one of the prominent phenomenon in the development of mathematics teaching and learning. This chapter by English and Sriraman is a seminal piece of work because it provides a critical and thoughtful review of the history of problem solving that avoids idealising and valorising the value and impact it has had in mathematics education without diminishing its enduring importance. After affirming the crucial nature of problem solving for mathematics education and simultaneously discussing the disappointing limited influence it has had, the authors have provided avenues for further development. In particular, the focus on mathematical modelling as an integral part of the mathematics curriculum was valuable as it provided well-considered direction for research. This research-based discussion is timely and provides an important discussion of the topic that will ground future research and development. A broad range of research reports have been discussed and the extensive reference list is indicative of the comprehensive nature of the chapter.
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Chapter Number 20
Page from 291
Page to 295
ISBN 7983642007415
Date Accessioned 2010-02-03
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Book Chapter (Non-Composite)
Publication Type Code b2

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