ERIC Number: ED029778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Mathematics Teaching with Special Reference to Epistemological Problems.
Davis, Robert B.
J Res Develop Educ, Monograph No. 1, Fall 1967
The material in this monograph was originally presented at the Conference on Needed Research in Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia. The complete proceedings of the Conference (including an abstract of this monograph) are reported in Volume I, Number 1, Fall 1967 of the Journal of Research and Development in Education. Presented is a paper written by Robert Davis on needed research in mathematics education. Included in the paper are discussions of learning theories of Piaget, Bruner, Polanyi and others related to cognitive learning. A strategy for teaching developed by the Madison Project developed on intuitive grounds is analyzed and used as a basis for the proposition that the process of teaching is the practice of an art and is not the application of a science. If this is the situation then there are several things that those in research or development work in mathematics education might be doing wrong. These include lack of a systems approach, looking for the wrong kind of knowledge about education, lack of a basic theory for interpreting data, defining learning as a change in behavior, and focusing on minute matters instead of gross factors. Some tasks for the future are suggested. (RP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Instruction, Learning Theories, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Research
University of Georgia, College of Education, 122 Baldwin Hall, Athens, Georgia 30601 ($2.00)
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