Non-routine Problem-solving and Attitudes toward Problem-solving among High Achievers

By Faridah Salleh and Effandi Zakaria.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The purpose of this study was to determine the problem-solving ability and attitudes toward problem-solving among high-achieving secondary school students. The study involved 107 students, 52 males and 55 females. Two instruments were used in this study: an attitude inventory and a non-routine problem-solving test. Findings indicated that the students’ ability to solve problems was good. There were no significant differences between males and females in understanding the problem, planning strategies, executing solution strategies and writing the correct answer. Students also had a positive attitude toward problem-solving. The results revealed no difference in attitude toward problem-solving based on gender.

Keywords: Problem-solving, Non-routine Problem-solving, Attitude, High-achievers, Ability

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp.549-560. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.261MB).

Faridah Salleh

Mathematics Lecturer, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a mathematics lecturer. I’ve more than 15 years of mathematics teaching experience. My interests have been mathematics teaching and learning and mathematics problem solving.

Dr. Effandi Zakaria

Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Methodology and Practice, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. My interests have been mathematics teaching and learning, mathematics problem solving, ICT integration in mathematics education,attitudes and beliefs of teachers and students, and has undertaken research related to all of these areas.


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