Rethinking Problem-Solving Teaching Strategies in the Primary Sector for both Face-to-Face and Online Delivery

  • Olabisi Kuboni Independent Consultant (formerly Senior Lecturer of the University of the West Indies)
Keywords: problem-solving, teaching strategies, primary school

Abstract

This paper reports on a review of a series of video tutorials that were developed for offering at a distance to primary school students of Trinidad and Tobago during the pandemic. The materials selected for the review focused on the teaching of problem-solving skills based on topics drawn from the mathematics curriculum.  The tutorials were developed and presented by primary school teachers with support from the Ministry of Education. The main purpose of this review was to assess the instructional strategies employed in the delivery of the video tutorials. An inductive-deductive approach was employed for this purpose. The review also sought to examine the effectiveness of video broadcast to support instructional delivery. The reviewer’s overall conclusion was that greater attention should be paid to formulating strategies specifically for the task of solving a given class of problems rather than simply relying on the procedures derived from the underpinning mathematical operations.  The reviewer made some brief recommendations about the development of a technology-use policy intended to deploy educationally-appropriate modern technology to support the learning of primary school students.

Author Biography

Olabisi Kuboni, Independent Consultant (formerly Senior Lecturer of the University of the West Indies)

Dr. Olabisi Kuboni is an Independent Consultant in open and distributed learning based in Trinidad and Tobago. She retired as Senior Lecturer and Head of Graduate Programmes at the University of West Indies Open Campus in 2012. Her research and development interests include support systems for the online learner, the analysis of online teaching-learning strategies and the design and development of management systems to support online learning.  Dr Kuboni was a recipient of the COL Fellow Award in 2013. Email: olabisikuboni99@gmail.com 

Published
2021-03-18
How to Cite
Kuboni, O. (2021). Rethinking Problem-Solving Teaching Strategies in the Primary Sector for both Face-to-Face and Online Delivery. Journal of Learning for Development , 8(1), 42-57. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/479