Motivating Learning in Mathematics Through Collaborative Problem Solving: A Focus on Using Rich Tasks

Nasreen Hussain, Anusha Mirza


This paper is based on the concept that lively and interactive math classes are possible by incorporating rich tasks to meet the needs of students operating at different levels in the classrooms. A study was carried out to find out the impact on learning and motivation of using rich tasks at secondary level in the maths class by incorporating co-operative learning. Qualitative research paradigm was opted for the study using an action research approach and the data were collected through two semi-structured interviews conducted at the onset of the research and after the intervention.  Few important findings indicate that rich tasks demand different levels of challenge and extend opportunities to those students who need them.


Rich tasks; Collaborative learning; Cooperative learning; Maths

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