ERIC Number: ED394788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Everyday Mathematics, "Mathematicians' Mathematics," and School Mathematics: Can We (Should We) Bring These Three Cultures Together?
This paper is based on efforts to bring change to school mathematics by trying to develop mathematics classroom communities in predominantly minority classrooms. In these communities, students work towards doing mathematics by working on open-ended, investigative situations; sharing ideas and strategies; and jointly negotiating meanings. Students also need to develop mathematics from their backgrounds and experiences with everyday mathematics. This paper explores the tensions and compromises resulting from the different conceptions of program participants (school and university teacher-researchers, students, and parents) of what mathematics is and of what mathematics children should learn. The work discussed focuses on geometry in a fifth-grade class. An appendix contains written work by students on finding angles on pattern blocks. Contains 38 references. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematical Communication; Situated Learning
Note: Paper presented as part of a symposium entitled "Communities of Practice in Mathematics Classrooms: Reconciling Everyday and Mathematicians' Mathematics?" at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).