Strategies 8th Grade Students Prefer in Problem Solving
Keywords:Non-routine problem, Problem solving, Routine problem, 8th grade students, Descriptive study,
The aim of this study was to determine the level and frequency of the strategies secondary school students use in problem solving. 67 8th grade students from four different public schools participated in the study. The data were obtained through the participants’ answers to 5 non-routine problems that can be solved through using more than one strategy. Descriptive statistics were used in data analysis. It was found that the students mostly used setting up equations, conscious prediction and monitor, drawing figures or diagrams, and looking back strategies. On the other hand, they made little use of simplifying the problem strategy. The findings revealed that the participants made the greatest number of mistakes while using setting up equation strategy and the fewest number of mistakes while using finding patterns, reasoning, and simplifying the problem strategies.
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