Students' difficulties in mathematics problem-solving: What do they say?

Tarzimah Tambychik, Thamby Subahan Mohd Meerah

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    Abstract

    In Malaysia, like many other countries, problem solving is one of major aspect in mathematics curriculum which required students to apply and to integrate many mathematical concepts and skills as well as making decision. However, students were reported to have difficulties in mathematics problem solving. The focus of this study is to discuss the major mathematics skills and cognitive abilities in learning that caused the difficulties in mathematics problems-solving among students from students' point of view. The study was carried out on three focused group samples that were selected through purposeful sampling. A mixed qualitative and quantitative approach is used in order to have clearer understanding. Apart from the questionnaire given, focused group interviews were carried out. Interviews were recorded and transcribed. Data finding was analyzed descriptively. Data findings showed that respondents lacked in many mathematics skills such as number-fact, visual-spatial and information skills. Information skill was the most critical. The deficiency of these mathematics skills and also of cognitive abilities in learning inhibits the mathematics problem-solving. This understanding on how the deficits influenced the problem-solving is expected to give effective guide lines in preparing diagnostic instruments and learning modules in order to develop the mathematics skills.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Pages142-151
    Number of pages10
    Volume8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventInternational Conference on Mathematics Education Research 2010, ICMER 2010 - Malacca, Malaysia
    Duration: 13 Dec 201014 Dec 2010

    Other

    OtherInternational Conference on Mathematics Education Research 2010, ICMER 2010
    CountryMalaysia
    CityMalacca
    Period13/12/1014/12/10

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    Mathematics
    mathematics
    Students
    student
    Aptitude
    Learning
    cognitive ability
    Mathematical Concepts
    Interviews
    learning
    Malaysia
    interview
    Curriculum
    Decision Making
    diagnostic
    deficit
    Group
    decision making
    curriculum
    questionnaire

    Keywords

    • Mathematics difficulties
    • Mathematics problem-solving
    • Mathematics skills

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Psychology(all)

    Cite this

    Tambychik, T., & Meerah, T. S. M. (2010). Students' difficulties in mathematics problem-solving: What do they say? In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 8, pp. 142-151) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.12.020

    Students' difficulties in mathematics problem-solving : What do they say? / Tambychik, Tarzimah; Meerah, Thamby Subahan Mohd.

    Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 8 2010. p. 142-151.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Tambychik, T & Meerah, TSM 2010, Students' difficulties in mathematics problem-solving: What do they say? in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 8, pp. 142-151, International Conference on Mathematics Education Research 2010, ICMER 2010, Malacca, Malaysia, 13/12/10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.12.020
    Tambychik T, Meerah TSM. Students' difficulties in mathematics problem-solving: What do they say? In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 8. 2010. p. 142-151 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.12.020
    Tambychik, Tarzimah ; Meerah, Thamby Subahan Mohd. / Students' difficulties in mathematics problem-solving : What do they say?. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 8 2010. pp. 142-151
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