Depicting the role of problem solving in mathematics education throughout the twentieth century : finding basic themes through an historical perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Charles V. en_US
dc.contributor.author Sigman, Aprill C. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:37:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:37:56Z
dc.date.created 1997 en_US
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1997 .S55 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/185939
dc.description.abstract Problem solving is a central activity of mathematics and has been throughout its history. Recognizing the problem of problem solving, however, seems to be less explicit in the historical record. In studying three principal contributors to the study of problem solving-Rene Descartes, John Dewey, and George Polya-I have found that problems arise in two broad categories. Mathematics itself generates more mathematical problems, and problems embedded in a wider context can generate mathematics. Recognizing a mathematical problem in a rich context-problem finding-has received much less attention. John Dewey recognized the importance of problem finding and emphasized its role in problem solving. Descartes and Polya spent less time on problem finding, Polya the least of all.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Mathematical Sciences
dc.format.extent i, 51 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Problem solving. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics -- Philosophy -- History. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics -- Study and teaching. en_US
dc.subject.other Descartes, Rene, 1596-1650. en_US
dc.subject.other Dewey, John, 1859-1952. en_US
dc.subject.other Polya, George, 1887-1985. en_US
dc.title Depicting the role of problem solving in mathematics education throughout the twentieth century : finding basic themes through an historical perspective en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1050230 en_US


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