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The Role of Challenge in Engaging Lower Secondary Students in Investigating Real World Tasks

Data from a class of Year 9 students solving two extended investigation tasks set in real-world contexts are analysed to gauge what they perceived as challenges during the tasks. Some students took up expected challenges but for others these did not eventuate as the significance of task requirements were missed, or the mathematical implications of results produced during the task which should have generated challenge were not realised. At other times unforeseen challenges arose for students who discovered different complexities in their unanticipated interpretation of the tasks.

Stillman, G. (2006). The role of challenge in engaging lower secondary students in investigating real world tasks. ICMI Study 16: Mathematical Challenges to be held at Trondheim, Norway, 27 June-3 July 2006.


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