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Solving math and science problems in the real world with a computational mind

, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Christian Brothers University, U.S, United States ; , Department of Systems and Automatic Engineering, University of the Basque Country, Spain ; , Departamento de Ingeniera de Comunicaciones, University of The Basque Country ; , Departamento de Psicologa Evolutiva, University of The Basque Country ; , Departamento de Organizacin Didctica, University of The Basque Country

NAERJ Volume 3, Number 2, ISSN 2254-7339 Publisher: University of Alicante


This article presents a new paradigm for the study of Math and Sciences curriculum during primary and secondary education. A workshop for Education undergraduates at four different campuses (n=242) was designed to introduce participants to the new paradigm. In order to make a qualitative analysis of the current school methodologies in mathematics, participants were introduced to a taxonomic tool for the description of K-12 Math problems. The tool allows the identification, decomposition and description of Type-A problems, the characteristic ones in the traditional curriculum, and of Type-B problems in the new paradigm. The workshops culminated with a set of surveys where participants were asked to assess both the current and the new proposed paradigms. The surveys in this study revealed that according to the majority of participants: (i) The K-12 Mathematics curricula are designed to teach students exclusively the resolution of Type-A problems; (ii) real life Math problems respond to a paradigm of Type-B problems; and (iii) the current Math curriculum should be modified to include this new paradigm.


Olabe, J., Basogain, X., Olabe, M., Maz, I. & Castao, C. (2014). Solving math and science problems in the real world with a computational mind. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research (NAER Journal), 3(2), 75-82. University of Alicante. Retrieved August 15, 2020 from .



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