Title

An analysis of the mathematical thinking of selected Filipino pupils

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Science Education

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Asia-Pacific Education Researcher

Volume

20

Issue

3

First Page

521

Last Page

533

Publication Date

12-1-2011

Abstract

This study explored the mathematical thinking of schoolchildren by looking into how they solve story problems. Six different types of story problems were given to nineteen selected pupils from a sectarian school in a rural place in the Philippines. There were two individual problem solving sessions using the paper and pencil worksheet format. Teaching interviews were conducted using their first language, Filipino, to determine their arithmetic concepts. Results showed that the schoolchildren are capable of solving different types of story problems using various methods. The study showed that without formal instruction, they can act out a story problem, model it and use counting strategies to solve it. This study presents pedagogical implications on the curriculum design of mathematics at the early elementary level based on the problem solving schema of the selected pupils that emerged from the study. Copyright © 2011 De La Salle University, Philippines.

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Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education

Keywords

Problem solving in children; Mathematical ability in children--Philippines; Word problems (Mathematics)

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