### Abstract

Singapore mathematics syllabuses identify eleven heuristics which are applicable to problem solving at the upper primary level (MOE, 2001a), and thirteen heuristics at lower secondary level (MOE, 2001b). This paper discusses some of the general characteristics of problem solving heuristics. This paper will also examines these heuristics, their functions and roles in mathematical problem solving and the relationships they have with each other. According to their different characteristics, how and when they can be used in mathematical problem solving, they can be classified into four categories: “representation heuristics”, “simplification heuristics”, “pathway heuristics”, and “generic heuristics”. Together they describe the process of mathematical problem solving.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Redesigning pedagogy |

Subtitle of host publication | research, policy, practice : papers |

Place of Publication | Singapore |

Publisher | National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University |

Number of pages | 9 |

Publication status | Published - 2005 |

Event | Redesigning pedagogy : research, policy, practice - Singapore Duration: 30 May 2005 → 1 Jun 2005 |

### Conference

Conference | Redesigning pedagogy : research, policy, practice |
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City | Singapore |

Period | 30/05/05 → 1/06/05 |

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Tiong, J. Y. S., Hedberg, J., Ho, K. F., & Lioe, L. T. (2005). A Metacognitive approach to support heuristic solution of mathematical problems. In

*Redesigning pedagogy: research, policy, practice : papers*Singapore: National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.