Episode 89 | Polya’s Problem Solving Strategies at Work in the Classroom

In May 2018 FPU will graduate the first group of Master’s degree students, who have been scholarshipped by AIMS in the present manner. During the Summer of 2018 we will be hearing from some of them on ZPC.

Chris is joined by Mr. Joseph Schuster who teaches mathematics in a small, rural, high school in Central California. Joe completed his research this past academic year and graduated in May of 2018. He focused on the effects of first informing students of Georg Polya’s, Four Step Problem Solving Process, and then helping them to bring them to recollection while they are working though various problems in the curriculum. He conducted a quantitative study in which he assessed his students at the beginning and end of a period weeks of instruction. The assessment used was a validated and considered reliable Assessment of Student Attitudes Towards Mathematics battery. His results are reported here.


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