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The Model Method: Singapore Children’s Tool for Representing and Solving Algebraic Word Problems

Swee Ng; Kerry Lee; 

May 2009, Volume 40, Issue 3, Page 282

Abstract:
Solving arithmetic and algebraic word problems is a key component of the Singapore elementary mathematics curriculum. One heuristic taught, the model method, involves drawing a diagram to represent key information in the problem. The authors describe the model method and a three-phase theoretical framework supporting its use. The findings offer avenues of support in word problem solving to children of average ability.

Keywords:
Linking Research and Practice
Article
Pre-K-2
Algebra
Grades 3-5
Curriculum Developer
Conceptual Development
Grades 6-8
Differentiated Instruction
Teacher
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Representation