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David Scott Powell

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Problem Solving(2 of 3)
Posted: Jul 10, 1995 6:32 PM
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The second approach to problem solving is teaching for problem solving. In
this approach the teacher concentrates on ways in which the mathematics
being taught can apply to the solution of both routine and non-routine
problems. "Althought the acquisition of mathematical knowledge is of
primary importance, the essential purpose for learning mathematical
knowledge is to be able to use it." Students are given many instances in
which to look at the concepts and structures they are studying and many
opertunities to apply the mathematics in solving problems. Teachers who
teaches for problem solving is very concerned about students' ability to
transfer what they have learned from one problem context to another. It is
like saying the *sole* reason for learning mathematics is to use the
knowledge gained to solve problems.

I kind of look at this as a science teacher who might view math as
just a vehicle used to get at his particular field of interest. Math is
viewed as a tool to help solve problems. How about that? Is this what is
meant by the standards? Who uses this approach? Why?


Scott Powell
University of Hawaii
University Lab school
Honolulu, HI. 96822

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