Heuristics in School Mathematics

Course code

MLM7405.DT

old course code

Course title in Estonian

Heuristika koolimatemaatikas

Course title in English

Heuristics in School Mathematics

ECTS credits

3.0

approximate amount of contact lessons

24

Teaching semester

spring

Assessment form

assessment

lecturer of 2019/2020 Spring semester

Madis Lepik (eesti keel) tavaline kursus

lecturer of 2020/2021 Autumn semester

lecturer not assigned

Course aims

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.

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.

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.

Independent work

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.

Ability to use different heuristic strategies in problem solving.

Positive attitudes towards applying heuristics in school mathematics.

Assessment methods

Pass- fail assessment based on students’ presentations and tests.

Teacher

dots Madis Lepik

Prerequisite course 1

Replacement literature

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.

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.