Teaching problem solving in technology rich environments. Presentation of literature review and a needs analysis research report.
In the current climate of globalisation and international development, problem-solving has been deemed a necessary skill, which students require to fulfil their potential in future employment, in further learning situations, and as global and national citizens.
The opinion has developed that the world needs problem-solvers who will be able to adapt to our continually changing societies and this has been reflected in international curricular reform over the last two decades.
With this in mind, the following review of the literature on the subject seeks to clarify the notion of problem-solving itself, its importance, as well as a number of issues regarding its implementation.
Needs analysis research report
One of the aims of the needs analysis was to investigate teachers’ beliefs about problem solving in mathematics.
In order to do this, it was decided to interview a sample of four teachers in each country.
A range of participants in terms of gender, years of experience, and level of teaching (primary, secondary, adult and vocational education) were recruited and each asked a number of questions.
Their answers are summarised in this report.