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Do Multiple Solutions Matter? Prompting Multiple Solutions, Interest, Competence, and Autonomy

Stanislaw Schukajlow and André Krug 

July 2014, Volume 45, Issue 4, Page 497

Abstract:
Encouraging students to develop multiple solutions for given problems is an important way to improve mathematical knowledge. However, the influence of this teaching element on students’ interest-related motivational orientations is an open question. This article reports the results of an experimental study (N = 145) that was carried out to investigate the influence of prompting students to construct multiple solutions for real-world problems with vague conditions on students’ interest in mathematics as well as on their experiences of competence and autonomy and the number of solutions developed.

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