Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Heuristics in School Mathematics
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2019/2020 Spring semester
Madis Lepik (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Students know the basic heuristic strategies and can use the model of problem solving
Students have developed positive attitudes towards applying heuristics in teaching mathematics.
Brief description of the course
The course focuses on the application of heuristics approaches in school mathematics.
Students are presented the methods, procedures, strategies and heuristics that students can use in solving problems. A four-phase model of the problem solving process: understanding the problem, devising a plan, carrying out the plan and looking back, and problem solving strategies are acquainted.
Home assignements on problem solving.
Learning outcomes in the course
Knowledge of the model of problem solving and heuristic starategies.
Ability to use different heuristic strategies in problem solving.
Positive attitudes towards applying heuristics in school mathematics.
Pass- fail assessment based on students’ presentations and tests.
1. Polya, G. Mathematical Discovery. New York, Wesley and Sons, 1965.
2. Lepmann, L., Lepmann T. Teeme ise matemaatikat. Tallinn, Avita, 1995.
3. Posamentier, A. S. Problem-Solving Strategies for Efficient Elegant Solutions. Grades 6-12. Gorwin Press, 2008.
4. Schackow, J.B., O’Connell, S. Introduction to problem solving. Heinemann, 2008.
5. Baptist, P., Raab, D. Implementing inquiry in mathematics education, 2012.