### Abstract

The paper is a result of a study conducted in primary schools in Hong Kong. Nonroutine mathematical problems were given to pupils of age 10 and 11 and by working on the first few particular case, children are asked to generate the solution of the problem. A pretest and post test on pattern recognition were conducted and it is found that ability in solving these combinatoric problems related to their ability of induction and pattern recognition. The problems include pissa toppings, finding the factors of an integer, finding the nunber of rectangles in a given figure. The study set up a framework on how children solve such problems and discuss on the possible barrier that chilren may encouter during their process of problem solving.

Original language | English |
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Publication status | Published - Jun 2004 |