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Problem-Based Learning in Mathematics: A Tool for Developing Students' Conceptual KnowledgeAuthor(s): Sheryl MacMath; John Wallace; Xiaohong Chi (2009)
This summary was created by the What Works: Research into Practice program at the Ontario Ministry of Education
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/whatWorks.html

This summary outlines research in the area of problem-based learning in math:

"Mathematics teachers must teach students not only to solve problems but also
to learn about mathematics through problem solving. While “many students may
develop procedural fluency … they often lack the deep conceptual understanding
necessary to solve new problems or make connections between mathematical
ideas.” This presents a challenge for teachers: problem-based learning (PBL)
provides opportunities for teachers to meet this challenge."

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