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The role of sample pupil responses in problem-solving lessons: perspectives from a design researcher and two teachers

Evans, Sheila; Mullins, Nicola; Waring, Lucy

Authors

Sheila Evans

Nicola Mullins

Lucy Waring



Abstract

The benefits of learning mathematics by comparing, reflecting on and discussing multiple approaches to a problem are well-known (Silver, 2005). However, teachers using non-routine problem-solving tasks designed to encourage multiple approaches face challenges: understanding how pupils make sense of the problem, especially when pupils use unique or unanticipated approaches and helping pupils make connections between disparate approaches and aligning these with lesson goals. In an attempt to address such challenges an extensive set of problem solving lessons were developed. Each lesson includes a range of sample solution-methods that expose pupils to multiple perspectives. A detailed teacher guide supports each lesson. This paper focuses on the use of these sample solution-methods. It explores their development from initial design to final versions. We analyse the varied interpretations and use made of sample solution-methods, in both US classrooms and by two UK teachers, and reflect on how these interpretations align with the designers’ intention.

Citation

Evans, S., Mullins, N., & Waring, L. (2014). The role of sample pupil responses in problem-solving lessons: perspectives from a design researcher and two teachers.

Conference Name 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education
End Date Apr 17, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 14, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Problem-solving, design research, multiple solutions
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/998406
Publisher URL http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/BCME8/BCME8-18.pdf

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