Problem solving in the digital era: Examples from the work of mathematics students on a divisibility problem

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Abstract

This paper draws on the discussion around the impact of digital resources on problem-solving activities and presents findings from the analysis of eight undergraduate mathematics students’ responses to a problem on divisibility that was part of their summative assessment through a portfolio of learning outcomes. The analysis indicates that the availability of digital resources impacts students’ problem-solving activity: digital resources provide information useful for problem-solving; they provide answers to the problem; and, they facilitate hypothesis building or execution of time-consuming procedures. A digital resource might be used mainly for a procedural performance of a repetitive task (e.g., trial and error) or it may also include modelling (e.g. programming an algorithm underpinning a repetitive task).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth Conference of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics
Subtitle of host publication(INDRUM 2022, 19-22 October 2022)
Place of PublicationHannover
PublisherUniversity of Hannover and INDRUM
Pages582-591
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventFourth Conference of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics -
Duration: 19 Oct 202222 Oct 2022

Conference

ConferenceFourth Conference of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics
Period19/10/2222/10/22

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