Math Word Problem Solving

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Word problems are not just for applications of already-known mathematics. Grouws (Ed.), Handbook of research on mathematics teaching and learning (pp. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In fact, the most powerful way to use word problems in the classroom is as a means to help students learn math. Learning to think mathematically: Problem solving, metacognition, and sense making in mathematics. Most teachers believe or assume that students will have more difficulty solving a word problem than solving an algebraic equation that represents the same mathematics without the words.

Word problems are not just for applications of already-known mathematics. Grouws (Ed.), Handbook of research on mathematics teaching and learning (pp. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In fact, the most powerful way to use word problems in the classroom is as a means to help students learn math. Learning to think mathematically: Problem solving, metacognition, and sense making in mathematics. Most teachers believe or assume that students will have more difficulty solving a word problem than solving an algebraic equation that represents the same mathematics without the words.

In the following video, Kaplinsky (2013) reproduces a result of early 1980s research conducted at the Institut de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathématiques in France.

219) and reduce the problem to the numbers and keywords or phrases that indicate operations or relations.

This dismissal of the real-world aspects of word problems can contribute to students' suspension of sense-making and their compulsion to calculate.

Mathematical modeling tends to be a more complex process involving identifying questions to answer about the real world, making assumptions, identifying variables, translating a phenomenon into a mathematical model, assessing the solution, and iterating on the process to refine and extend the model (COMAP & SIAM, 2016).

The process to solve a word problem isn't necessarily as complex, as the problem itself usually gives the reader the question to answer and the information necessary to answer it, and doesn’t require modeling's level of meaning-making and interpretation.

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