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Multiple Approaches to Problem Solving and the Use of Technology
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JCMST Volume 19, Number 1, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

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In mathematics, the same concept or the same mathematical structure is often encompassed by different representations such as graphical/geometric, numerical/arithmetic, and sym-bolic/ algebraic representations. Research studies have pro-vided evidence that using multiple representations of a math-ematical concept can help students better construct the con-cept (Dufour-Janvier, Bednarz, & Belanger 1987; Kaput 1992). Different representations usually suggest different ap-proaches to mathematical problem solving; and with the same representation, there may be different solution methods as well. Working with both secondary school students and preservice mathematics teachers for many years, our experi-ence has indicated that encouraging multiple approaches to problem solving plays an important role in facilitating stu-dents' understanding of mathematical concepts and their grasp of methods of mathematical thinking. Innovative tech-nology tools in mathematics education, featuring multiple, linked representations, have greatly enhanced the students' potential to develop multiple solutions to various problem situations. This article will describe the exploration process-es of our students in solving a mathematical problem, and il-lustrate how they took full advantage of the power of tech-nology in pursuing multiple solution methods, verifying the validity of these methods, and thereby enhancing their con-ceptual understandings.

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JIANG, Z. & MCCLINTOCK, E. (2000). Multiple Approaches to Problem Solving and the Use of Technology. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 19(1), 7-20. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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