Mathematical problem solving: A need for literacy

Doyle, Katherine M. (2005) Mathematical problem solving: A need for literacy. In Bryer, Fiona, Bartlett, Brendan, & Roebuck, Dick (Eds.) Stimulating the "Action" as participants in participatory research, 2-4 December, 2005, Surfers Paradise, Australia.

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Internationally, educators are concerned about effective methods to function in a technological, global world. In this paper literature is reviewed that explores the relationship between mathematical problem solving and literacy, through mathematical-modelling and top-level structuring of text. The mathematical-modelling problem-solving process offers students an oppportunity for learning mathematical skills through what is very much a literary process. Top-level structuring is an organizational strategy where readers structure texts enabling identification and recall of a text's main idea/s. An extensive search of recent literature reveals strong relationships between reading comprehension and mathematical word problems because text comprehension must interact with mathematical processes to create mathematical literacy. In this paper I argue that mathematical-modelling and top-level structuring are likely to have a strong relationship due to the literary structure of modelling tasks when applied to solving mathematical word problems. Second, I suggest implications for future empowerment where students attain skills from such a strategic combination.

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ID Code: 14236
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: mathematics, comprehension, top, level structure, mathematical modelling, mathematical literacy, problem solving
ISBN: 1920952527
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 School of Cognition, Language, and Special Education, Griffith University and Katherine M. Doyle
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:45

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