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Mathematics word problems and Year 12 students

Anne Lawrence and Marc Paterson

In an exploratory study that raises questions for the future teaching of problem solving, algebra, and context-based problems, Year 12 students were questioned about their thought processes while they attempted to solve selected word problems. Their responses challenged the researchers’ assumptions. Given the emphasis on problem solving in the curriculum, students’ lack of familiarity with methods of tackling problems raises questions.

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