Mathematical Word Problems in Adult Education: What the Research Says

Fall 2022


Basic Literacy & Numeracy

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Author(s): Lynda Ginsburg Rutgers University (retired)

The research paper examines mathematical word problems in adult education. It explores the challenges faced by learners and the strategies to solve these problems. The paper questions whether word problems represent the real-world experiences of adult learners and suggests creating problems that reflect their lives.

It emphasizes the importance of instructional practices that focus on word problems and recommends two strategies: creating real-world problems and promoting meaningful discussions. The paper concludes by highlighting the need for developing problem-solving skills for high-stakes assessments and empowering learners with mathematical reasoning beyond the classroom.

ALE Journal – Volume 4, Issue 3

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