Developing Approaches to Problem Solving

Problem solving in mathematics is “the process of tackling extended, unstructured problems that require students to model situations with mathematics, make reasoned assumptions, construct chains of reasoning an interpret solutions in context” (Geoff Wake, LeMaPS)

Problem solving has always been the holy grail of the mathematician, but with the current curriculum changes the need for the more explicit learning of problem solving skills amongst all mathematics students has become even more vital. This project will seek to use the lesson study approach developed by Professor Peter Dudley (teachers identify a research focus, collaboratively plan, teach and then analyse their lessons with forensic classroom observation), amongst others, to do 3 things:

    • Research possible models for teaching problem solving and identify a selection for trial.
    • Review the results of the initial trials and develop a proposal for recommendation to the wider hub community.
    • Explore how the lesson study methods of sharing and developing the ability to teach problem solving techniques can be shared throughout the wider community of schools in the hub.

If you would be interested in joining this project as one of the members (who would receive hub funding to support participation), or you would like to contribute in another way, please contact: ckelly@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk