Beliefs: A Hidden Variable in Mathematics Education by G.C. Leder, Erkki Pehkonen, Günter Törner

By G.C. Leder, Erkki Pehkonen, Günter Törner

The twenty chapters during this ebook all specialise in elements of mathematical ideals, from numerous assorted views. present wisdom of the sector is synthesized and present barriers are prolonged. The ebook is split into 3, partially overlapping, sections. The first concentrates on conceptualizations and dimension of ideals, the second one on examine approximately lecturers' ideals, and the 3rd on points of scholars' ideals approximately arithmetic. A range of tools is used for facts assortment, together with surveys, interviews, observations, and essay writing, in addition to extra cutting edge methods. the amount is meant for researchers within the fleld, in addition to for arithmetic educators instructing the subsequent new release of scholars. The publication can be important for these operating in different topic disciplines, due to the fact that the various issues explored have relevance way past arithmetic schooling.

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They don’t do much extended analytical writing—taking a position, formulating an argument, responding to other perspectives—primarily due to the time demands on Debbie of reading and evaluating long papers. “When Amy went away to college the first year,” Debbie told me, “that was my biggest fear: oh, we haven’t done enough writing! ” This was, Debbie suspects, because Amy had done so much reading during her homeschool years. One facet of college life that Elizabeth says she continues to struggle with, however, is classroom discussion, particularly when disagreement is involved.

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