A Metacognitive approach to support heuristic solution of mathematical problems

John Yeun Siew Tiong, John Hedberg, Kai Fai Ho, Luis Tirtasanjaya Lioe

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    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 languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRedesigning pedagogy
    Subtitle of host publicationresearch, policy, practice : papers
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherNational Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventRedesigning pedagogy : research, policy, practice - Singapore
    Duration: 30 May 20051 Jun 2005


    ConferenceRedesigning pedagogy : research, policy, practice

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