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Frontiers of Education in China

Front Educ Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (3) : 449-469     https://doi.org/10.1007/s11516-011-0141-3
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Chinese Upper Elementary School Mathematics Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Place and Value of Problematic Word Problems in Mathematics Education
Xiaofang DUAN1(), Fien DEPAEPE2(), Lieven VERSCHAFFEL3()
1. Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium; 2. Center for Educational Policy, Innovation and Teacher Education, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium; 3. Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Abstract

Word problems play a crucial role in mathematics education. However, the authenticity of word problems is quite controversial. In terms of the necessity of realistic considerations to be taken into account in the solution process, word problems have been classified into two categories: standard word problems (S-items) and problematic word problems (P-items). S-items refer to those problems involving the straightforward application of one or more arithmetical operations with the given numbers, whereas P-items call for the use of real-world knowledge and real-life experience in the problem-solving process. This study aims to explore how Chinese upper elementary school mathematics teachers think of the place and value of P-items in the elementary mathematics curriculum.

Keywords mathematics education      word problems      elementary school      teachers’ beliefs     
Corresponding Author(s): Xiaofang DUAN,Email:duanxiaofangjane@163.com; Fien DEPAEPE,Email:fien.depaepe@ped.kuleuven.be; Lieven VERSCHAFFEL,Email:lieven.verschaffel@ped.kuleuven.be   
Issue Date: 05 September 2011
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Xiaofang DUAN,Fien DEPAEPE,Lieven VERSCHAFFEL. Chinese Upper Elementary School Mathematics Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Place and Value of Problematic Word Problems in Mathematics Education[J]. Front Educ Chin, 2011, 6(3): 449-469.
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