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2011

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Children's Voices: Students' Attitudes About Routine And Nonroutine Mathematics, Deborah E. Seacrest Mar 2011

Children's Voices: Students' Attitudes About Routine And Nonroutine Mathematics, Deborah E. Seacrest

Theses, Student Research, and Creative Activity: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

This dissertation is a case study focused on the question, "What are students' attitudes toward school mathematics and toward nonroutine math problems and mathematical games?" It addresses the definitions of some of those terms and then moves on to a literature review that suggests that some change in the curriculum may be needed. In an attempt to begin determining whether nonroutine problems and mathematical games could help, students in two different types of classes were introduced to such problems and games. Their attitudes were assessed using a variety of methods, including observation, interview, and journal writing.

The games and problems ...