ERIC Number: ED389614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Recipes and behind the Magic: Mathematics Teaching as Improvisation.
Sassi, Annette M.; Goldsmith, Lynn T.
This paper proposes that post-reform mathematics teaching may be characterized as "improvisational." Observations of an extended mathematical investigation from a summer institute for elementary teachers are used to examine four aspects of improvisational practice: (1) the structuring of the activity; (2) planning and preparing that is both reflective and anticipatory; (3) an attentiveness and responsiveness in the moment; and (4) an improvisational understanding of the content itself. It is concluded that this conceptual framework may help both teacher educators and researchers understand better how to help teachers learn this way of teaching because it preserves rather than simplifies its complexity. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.