Ali Studies Math Students’ Problem Solving Procedures

Posted on 1/23/2015 8:43:44 AM

Parveen Ali, Department of Developmental Studies, published her research paper titled “Assessing Developmental Students’ Number Sense: A Case Study” in the fall 2014 issue of NADE Digest.

The data for this study was gathered from an algebra course at the developmental level. The results of the study reveal that a majority of developmental mathematics students use routine algorithmic procedures rather than mathematical reasoning to solve problems. The study recommends a socio-constructive approach to teaching that encourages multiple procedures for problem-solving and invites students to invent and discuss ways to solve a numerical situation. 

Department of Developmental Studies