Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 83, Issue 1, pp 117–132 | Cite as

An investigation of relationships between students’ mathematical problem-posing abilities and their mathematical content knowledge

  • Xianwei Y. Van Harpen
  • Norma C. Presmeg


The importance of students’ problem-posing abilities in mathematics has been emphasized in the K-12 curricula in the USA and China. There are claims that problem-posing activities are helpful in developing creative approaches to mathematics. At the same time, there are also claims that students’ mathematical content knowledge could be highly related to creativity in mathematics, too. This paper reports on a study that investigated USA and Chinese high school students’ mathematical content knowledge, their abilities in mathematical problem posing, and the relationships between students’ mathematical content knowledge and their problem-posing abilities in mathematics.


Mathematical problem posing Mathematical content knowledge Comparative study Correlation 



The first author would like to thank her dissertation committee members for their patience and expert guidance. They are Dr. Norma Presmeg, Dr. Nerida Ellerton, Dr. McKenzie Clements, Dr. John Rugutt, and Dr. Bharath Sriraman.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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