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Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8: A Practice Guide

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Author(s): 
Dr. John Woodward
Dr. Sybilla Beckmann
Dr. Mark Driscoll
Dr. Megan Franke
Ms. Patricia Herzig
Dr. Asha Jitendra
Dr. Kenneth R. Koedinger
Dr. Philip Ogbuehi
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
U.S. Department of Education
Published: 
2012
Resource Type: 
Product
Number of Pages: 
80
Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 1--ABE Beginning Literacy
NRS EFL 2--ABE Beginning Basic Education
NRS EFL 3--ABE Intermediate Low
NRS EFL 4--ABE Intermediate High
Required Training: 

None

Abstract: 

This What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide provides five recommendations for improving students’ mathematical problem solving in grades 4 through 8. This guide is geared toward teachers, math coaches, other educators, and curriculum developers who want to improve the mathematical problem solving of students. The guide also includes implementation ideas and examples, summaries of supporting research, and solutions to common roadblocks.

Benefits and Uses: 
This practice guide, Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8, focuses on five research-based strategies for improving mathematical problem-solving skills. As outlined in Building on Foundations for Success: Guidelines for Improving Adult Mathematics Instruction, instructional content for adults with basic skills deficiencies should include activities that build foundational mathematical problem-solving skills. This particular practice guide would be useful to the teachers of the nearly 1 million adult learners who were served in adult basic education (ABE) classes in program year 2010-2011. In addition, this guide would be valuable to program administrators, professional developers, and state staff looking at instructional practices to improve low-level adult learners' mathematical problem-solving skills.
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