Journal Article

Open-start mathematics problems: an approach to assessing problem solving

John Monaghan, Peter Pool, Tom Roper and John Threlfall

in Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA

Published on behalf of Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Volume 28, issue 1, pages 21-31
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0268-3679
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 1471-6976 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrn023
Open-start mathematics problems: an approach to assessing problem solving

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This article describes one type of mathematical problem, open-start problems, and discusses their potential for use in assessment. In open-start problems how one starts to address the problem can vary but they have a correct answer. We argue that the use of open-start problems in assessment could positively influence classroom mathematics teaching. The article provides a brief review of problem solving and describes open-start problems in detail. The article then considers how open-start problems could address some important concerns in the teaching and assessment of mathematics and raises issues with regard to the future use of open-start problems in assessment.

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Subjects: Mathematics ; Education

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