HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 13 no. 1 (2004)

Students' Experiences of Understanding Nonroutine Problems: A Phenomenographic Analysis

Ma. Concepcion Molano-cachero

Discipline: Education



Previous research on student learning in secondary education has mostly focused on conceptual issues of students at the individual task level. This study explored and analyzed the various ways junior high school students experienced solving nonroutine problems and their feelings associated with those experiences in a social constructivist setting. Phenomenography was employed to describe and explain the students' problem-solving processes, to determine their level of understanding of word problems through the use of a Web-based problem-solving unit. Pretest/posttest nonroutine problem solving sheets, reproduced activity sheets, and audio-taped interviews were used as data sources.