ERIC Number: ED265050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
The Learning of Mathematics. ERIC/SMEAC Mathematics Education Digest Number 1.
Weaver, J. F.
The principal focus of this brief report is on findings and observations from relatively recent research on the learning of mathematics. The distinction between learning and the concepts of curriculum and instruction is first reviewed. Then Piaget's theory of intellectual development is discussed, with the conclusion that it does not provide a basis for determining readiness for mathematics instruction. The contribution of information processing theory is then noted. Four additional observations from contemporary research concern the following: the focus on individuals (versus groups), behavioral objectives, invention or construction of knowledge by young children, and metacognition. A list of references is included. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Elementary School Mathematics, Learning, Literature Reviews, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Research Reports, Research Utilization
SMEAC Information Reference Center, The Ohio State Univ., 1200 Chambers Rd., 3rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43212 ($1.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Research; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.