TY - JOUR

T1 - Problem solving in technology rich contexts

T2 - Mathematics sense making in out-of-school environments

AU - Lowrie, Tom

PY - 2005

Y1 - 2005

N2 - This investigation describes the way in which a case study participant (aged 7) represented, posed and solved problems in a technology game-based environment. The out-of-school problem-solving context placed numeracy demands on the participant that were more complex and sophisticated than the type of mathematics experiences he encountered in school. The participant used maps (including large- and small-scale maps, dynamic and static maps) to represent, interpret and solve problems. The participant demonstrated the capacity to decipher graphical information when simultaneously moving between maps with different representations, orientations, perspectives and scales as he played a Pokemon Game Boy. This paper outlines the strategies and mathematical ideas he used to make sense of the problem context, and describes the problem-solving processes he used to make sense of an open-ended task.

AB - This investigation describes the way in which a case study participant (aged 7) represented, posed and solved problems in a technology game-based environment. The out-of-school problem-solving context placed numeracy demands on the participant that were more complex and sophisticated than the type of mathematics experiences he encountered in school. The participant used maps (including large- and small-scale maps, dynamic and static maps) to represent, interpret and solve problems. The participant demonstrated the capacity to decipher graphical information when simultaneously moving between maps with different representations, orientations, perspectives and scales as he played a Pokemon Game Boy. This paper outlines the strategies and mathematical ideas he used to make sense of the problem context, and describes the problem-solving processes he used to make sense of an open-ended task.

KW - Authentic tasks

KW - Problem solving

KW - Spatial reasoning

KW - Technology-rich contexts

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=29444451385&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.jmathb.2005.09.008

DO - 10.1016/j.jmathb.2005.09.008

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:29444451385

VL - 24

SP - 275

EP - 286

JO - Journal of Mathematical Behavior

JF - Journal of Mathematical Behavior

SN - 0732-3123

IS - 3-4

ER -