The role of expository writing in mathematical problem solving

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dc.contributor.author Craig, Tracy S
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-08T10:38:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-08T10:38:26Z
dc.date.issued 2016-04
dc.identifier.citation Craig, T.S. (2016). The role of expository writing in mathematical problem solving. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 20(1), 57-66. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1028-8457 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25136
dc.identifier.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10288457.2016.1147803
dc.description.abstract Mathematical problem-solving is notoriously difficult to teach in a standard university mathematics classroom. The project on which this article reports aimed to investigate the effect of the writing of explanatory strategies in the context of mathematical problem solving on problem-solving behaviour. This article serves to describe the effectiveness of using writing as a tool for deeper engagement with mathematical problems. Students’ claims about, and tutor observations of, problem-solving behaviour were analysed through the lens of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Examples of enhanced problem-solving behaviour are presented as well as reports from student interviews that writing “forces” deeper engagement. The analysis of students’ work and reflections indicated that writing about problem-solving processes potentially resulted in a cognitive perturbation when students were forced to confront their incomplete understanding (and hence their unstable knowledge structures) and therefore had to achieve a deeper level of understanding in order to adequately describe the solution process. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education en_ZA
dc.source African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rmse20/current
dc.subject.other problem solving
dc.subject.other writing
dc.subject.other mathematical understanding
dc.subject.other cognitive conflict
dc.title The role of expository writing in mathematical problem solving en_ZA
dc.type Articles en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
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