Problem Solving

  • Shmuel Avital
  • Jose R. Pascual Ibarra
  • Ian Isaacs
  • Diana Burkhardt
  • Eric Love
  • Marion Walter
  • David Wheeler
  • Rolf Biehler
  • Tatsuro Miwa
  • Christopher Ormell
  • Vern Treilibs


An enormous number of studies about problem solving are being carried out at various centers of mathematics education. The reason for this fervent activity is quite clear to anybody involved in this area. It is generally agreed that to achieve the aims and goals of mathematic education the student must exercise and practice the direct application of learned algorithms, and then develop his ability to apply mathematics to the solution of problems encountered in the subject itself, in other sciences, and in everyday life. However, experience shows that the achievement of this two step goal is among the most enigmatic phenomena in education. Many students who show a reasonably good ability in the solution of exercises, that is, in the application of learned algorithms to straightforward tasks, fail completely when they are faced with a problem in which there is some gap between the problem and its solution; they fail when they have to organize the data to make a decision about what algorithm to apply. In general the ongoing research and activities are aimed at finding ways for the improvement of the student’s ability to solve problems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shmuel Avital
    • 1
  • Jose R. Pascual Ibarra
    • 2
  • Ian Isaacs
    • 3
  • Diana Burkhardt
    • 4
    • 5
  • Eric Love
    • 6
  • Marion Walter
    • 7
  • David Wheeler
    • 8
  • Rolf Biehler
    • 9
  • Tatsuro Miwa
    • 10
  • Christopher Ormell
    • 11
  • Vern Treilibs
    • 12
  1. 1.Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.MadridSpain
  3. 3.University of the West IndiesMona KingstonJamaica
  4. 4.University of BirminghamEngland
  5. 5.Shell Centre for Mathematical EducationUniversity of NottinghamEngland
  6. 6.University of NottinghamNottinghamEngland
  7. 7.Department of MathematicsUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  8. 8.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  9. 9.Institute fur Didaktik der Mathematik BielefeldFederal Republic of Germany
  10. 10.Osaka Kyoiku UniversityOsakaJapan
  11. 11.Reading University ReadingEngland
  12. 12.Para Hills High SchoolWarradaleAustralia

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