Gemma Cohen

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2015

Document Type

Education 530 Project

Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Sheckels, Marie P.

Major or Concentration

Elementary Education


As mathematics education moves away from rote memorization and procedural methods, conceptual approaches such as problem posing are gaining support. Problem posing refers to the generation of new mathematical problems and the reformulation of given ones (Chapman, 2012). It requires higher order thinking skills and has become a recognized means of developing mathematical thinking and creativity in students of all ages (Koichu & Kontorovich, 2013). This mixed methods, action research study explores the impact of a weekly problem-posing instructional intervention on the mathematical problem posing and problem solving abilities of fourth grade students. The problems students posed in response to artifact prompts (restaurant menus, grocery circulars etc.) are evaluated both quantitatively and qualitatively. Analysis focuses on how students' problem-posing performance developed over the course of the study, and on the potential connections between problem posing and other achievement variables.

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