Title

The effects of Polya’s heuristic and diary writing on children’s problem solving.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Karina K.R. Hensberry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

ISSN

1033-2170

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study that aimed at increasing students' problem-solving skills. Polya's () heuristic for problem solving was used and students were required to articulate their thought processes through the use of a structured diary. The diary prompted students to answer questions designed to engage them in the phases of Polya's () heuristic. While it appeared as though most students did not internalise the diary questions, further analysis of students' responses indicated that most students showed improvement in their solution strategies. These results indicate that having students write about their thinking may be beneficial for developing their problem-solving skills.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Mathematics Education Research Journal, 24(1), 59-85. doi: 10.1007/s13394-012-0034-7.

Publisher

Springer

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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