Abstract

I inquire about second graders' capabilities of developing solution strategies and the original variety of strategies they bring forth while solving a combination problem. Based on analysis of the data presented in this paper, students developed five different general strategies. After analyzing what the second grade students were capable of developing, we can conclude that young children are capable of developing powerful systematic strategies grounded in their personal experiences. This research shows that even when the teacher does not foster personal agency, children will still exercise agency. The social interactions in the classroom helped students learn to propose mathematical ideas, make conjectures, evaluate their own and others' thinking, and develop mathematical reasoning skills.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Mathematics Education

Rights

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Date Submitted

2006-07-18

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1470

Keywords

Combinatorics, Combination Problems, Second Graders, Strategies, Problem Solving, Agency, Social Interactions, Socio-Cultural Theory, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Capabilities

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