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|Unit chair:||S Groves (B)|
This unit will address both theoretical and practical aspects of mathematical problem solving. Participants will be expected to access some of the important print and on-line national and international literature in the area, interact with video showing problem solving in classrooms across a range of year levels, engage in the process of attempting to solve non-routine problems, as well as reflect on the strategies they used and the solution paths they followed.
Emphasis will also be placed on classroom aspects of problem solving, including the need to actively involve students, the role of the teacher, evaluation and resources, including web-based resources for teachers and students. Participants will prepare, trial and critically evaluate problem-solving activities for use with primary or secondary school students.
Two written assignments (40% and 60%) based on theoretical and practical aspects of problem solving, including participants' solutions to problems and a report on implementing problem-solving activities with students. Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.
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