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.
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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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||mathematics, comprehension, top, level structure, mathematical modelling, mathematical literacy, problem solving|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)|
|Divisions:||Current > 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|
|Last Modified:||03 Mar 2011 15:45|
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