9780805830286

Mathematics Classrooms That Promote Understanding

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    9780805830286

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    0805830286

  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau
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Summary

Mathematics Classrooms That Promote Understandingsynthesizes the implications of research done by the National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences on integrating two somewhat diverse bodies of scholarly inquiry: the study of teaching and the study of learning mathematics. This research was organized around content domains and/or continuing issues of education, such as equity and assessment of learning, and was guided by two common goals--defining the mathematics content of the K-12 curriculum in light of the changing mathematical needs of citizens for the 21st century, and identifying common components of classrooms that enable students to learn the redefined mathematics with understanding. To accomplish these goals, classrooms in which instruction facilitated the growth of understanding were established and/or studied. This volume reports and discusses the findings which grew out of this research, and subsequent papers and discussions among the scholars engaged in the endeavor. Section I, "Setting the Stage," focuses on three major threads: What mathematics should be taught; how we should define and increase students' understanding of that mathematics; and how learning with understanding can be facilitated for all students. Section II, "Classrooms That Promote Understanding," includes vignettes from diverse classrooms that illustrate classroom discourse, student work, and student engagement in the mathematics described in Chapter 1 as well as the mental activities described in Chapter 2. These chapters also illustrate how teachers deal with the equity concerns described in Chapter 3. Section III addresses "Developing Classrooms That Promote Understanding." The knowledge of the teaching/learning process gained from the research reported in this volume is a necessary prerequisite for implementing the revisions called for in the current reform movement. The classrooms described show that innovative reform in teaching and learning mathematics is possible. Unlike many volumes reporting research, this book is written at a level appropriate for master's degree students. Very few references are included in the chapters themselves; instead, each chapter includes a short annotated list of articles for expanded reading which provides the scholarly basis and research substantiation for this volume.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
PART I. SETTING THE STAGE 1(42)
Mathematics Worth Teaching, Mathematics Worth Understanding
3(16)
Thomas A. Romberg
James J. Kaput
Teaching and Learning Mathematics With Understanding
19(14)
Thomas P. Carpenter
Richard Lehrer
Equity as a Value-Added Dimension in Teaching for Understanding in School Mathematics
33(10)
Walter G. Secada
Patricia Williams Berman
PART II: CLASSROOMS THAT PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING 43(114)
Learning Basic Number Concepts and Skills as Problem Solving
45(18)
Thomas P. Carpenter
Elizabeth Fennema
Karen Fuson
James Hiebert
Piet Human
Hanlie Murray
Alwyn Olivier
Diana Wearne
Building on Children's Intuitions to Develop Mathematical Understanding of Space
63(26)
Richard Lehrer
Cathy Jacobson
Vera Kemeny
Dolores Strom
Promoting Learning in Middle-Grades Mathematics
89(20)
Judith Sowder
Randolph Philipp
Understanding of Statistics
109(24)
Susanne P. Lajoie
Teaching and Learning a New Algebra
133(24)
James J. Kaput
PART III: DEVELOPING CLASSROOMS THAT PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING 157(44)
Assessment in Classrooms That Promote Understanding
159(26)
Mary C. Shafer
Thomas A. Romberg
Creating Classrooms That Promote Understanding
185(16)
Elizabeth Fennema
Judith Sowder
Thomas P. Carpenter
Author Index 201(2)
Subject Index 203

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