Using Polya’s Principles as an Approach to Helping Students Make Sense of Problem Solving

By Nur Farahiyah Yassin and Masitah Shahrill.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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A pre- and post-tests evaluation was adopted as the main method to investigate the effectiveness of problem solving on year-eleven students’ performances concerning circle theorem. A few students were also interviewed to discover their opinions on using Polya’s problem solving techniques to solve circle theorem questions. Friedman test showed that there was a statistically significant improvement in students’ mean scores between pre-test and post-tests, 𝜒2(2) = 13.067, 𝑝 = 0.001. The qualitative analysis of students’ workings in the tests also showed positive improvements. Students who were interviewed demonstrated positive attitudes towards using Polya’s techniques as an approach to solve problems and they also claimed that the techniques helped them to clarify their confusions on the topic circle theorem.

Keywords: Polya’s Principles, Circle Theorem, Problem Solving

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.13-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.286MB).

Nur Farahiyah Yassin

Recent Graduate, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Insitute of Education, University of Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei-Muara, Brunei Darussalam

Dr Masitah Shahrill

Senior Lecturer, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, University of Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei-Muara, Brunei Darussalam