Problem solving


Kieran (2007) pointed out problem solving as an approach to school algebra, which connects to the origin of algebra. Problem solving provides a context in which students can express their own reasoning and strategies as well as use different systems of representation. Taking into account that it is not advisable to involve algebra artificially in tasks that can be solved using common sense and informal strategies ((Drijvers, Dekker & Wijers, 2011), in this project we addressed the challenge of designing or finding tasks related to the students’ environment that allowed working with school algebra in a meaningful manner.


Drijvers, P., Dekker, T. y Wijers, M. (2011). Algebraic education: Exploring topics and themes. En P.  Drijvers (Ed.), Secondary algebra education (pp. 5-26). Rotterdam, Países Bajos: Sense Publishers.
Kieran, C. (2007). Learning and teaching algebra at the middle school through college levels: Building meaning for symbols and their manipulation. En F. K. Lester (Ed.), Second handbook of research on mathematics teaching and learning (pp. 707-62). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.