Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Curriculum & Instruction

First Advisor

Dr. Najib Mahfood Balfakih

Second Advisor

Dr. Qasim M. AIShannag

Third Advisor

Dr. Mohamad Ibrahim Syam


This study investigated the effects of real-life knowledge on mathematical problem-solving in grade 7 in the UAE with the aim of discovering why students neglect real-life knowledge while solving mathematical problems. The participants of the study were 101 pupils from grade 7 in one of the Emirates’ schools. They were divided into two groups: a control group (n. 50) and an experimental group (n. 51) that received an additional teaching period on problem-solving. Data was collected from tests and interviews and was analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively using SPSS program. The result showed that students who received a teaching period before the post-test achieved higher scores compared to their scores in the pre-test and compared to the control group.