Problem Solving in Mathematics Instruction and Teacher Professional Development

  • Patricio Felmer
  • Peter Liljedahl
  • Boris Koichu

Part of the Research in Mathematics Education book series (RME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Problem Solving in Mathematics Instruction

  3. Design of Powerful Problem-Solving Situations

  4. Effects of Engagement with Problem Solving

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Annette Rouleau, Natalia Ruiz, Cristián Reyes, Peter Liljedahl
      Pages 203-218
    3. Annette Rouleau, Natalia Ruiz, Cristián Reyes, Peter Liljedahl
      Pages 219-239
  5. On the Role of Teachers in Problem-Solving Classrooms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. José Carrillo, Nuria Climent, Luis C. Contreras, Miguel Á. Montes
      Pages 297-316
    3. Angeliki Mali, Saba Gerami, Amin Ullah, Vilma Mesa
      Pages 317-335
  6. Teacher Professional Development and Problem Solving

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 401-410

About this book


Recent research in problem solving has shifted its focus to actual classroom implementation and what is really going on during problem solving when it is used regularly in classroom. This book seeks to stay on top of that trend by approaching diverse aspects of current problem solving research, covering three broad themes. Firstly, it explores the role of teachers in problem-solving classrooms and their professional development, moving onto—secondly—the role of students when solving problems, with particular consideration of factors like group work, discussion, role of students in discussions and the effect of students’ engagement on their self-perception and their view of mathematics. Finally, the book considers the question of problem solving in mathematics instruction as it overlaps with problem design, problem-solving situations, and actual classroom implementation. The volume brings together diverse contributors from a variety of countries and with wide and varied experiences, combining the voices of leading and developing researchers. The book will be of interest to any reader keeping on the frontiers of research in problem solving, more specifically researchers and graduate students in mathematics education, researchers in problem solving, as well as teachers and practitioners.


Problem solving in mathematics instruction Embedding problem solving into school mathematics Mathematics as a study of structure Dialogue between mathematics and mathematics education Types of problem solving discourse Pre-parative and post-parative play Geometric modeling for instruction Digital technology and geometric reasoning Collaborative work and mathematical problems Mathematical problem solving and affect Self-efficacy in class problem solving Equity within mathematical inquiry communities Teacher questioning and mathematical problem solving Success and sustainability of professional development

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricio Felmer
    • 1
  • Peter Liljedahl
    • 2
  • Boris Koichu
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería MatemáticaUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  3. 3.Department of Science TeachingWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-29214-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-29215-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2570-4729
  • Series Online ISSN 2570-4737
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