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ERIC Number: ED324227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
With an Eye on the Mathematical Horizon: Dilemmas of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics. Craft Paper 90-3.
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg
Much educational discourse centers on the importance of teachers' subject matter knowledge. Complementing concerns for subject matter knowledge is interest in developing and studying alternative pedagogies that emphasize active learning and meaningful engagement. Teaching and learning would be improved, so the argument goes, if classrooms were organized to engage students in authentic tasks, guided by teachers with deep disciplinary understandings. This paper examines the challenge of creating classroom practices based on this argument. Three dilemmas--of content, discourse, and community--are presented and discussed that arise in trying to teach mathematics to third graders in ways that are intellectually honest. The paper traces and explores the framing and response to these dilemmas, providing a view of the pedagogical complexities that underlie educational discourse and raising questions about the conditions necessary to support teachers' efforts to link students with mathematics in intellectually honest ways. (CW)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Epistemology, Knowledge Level, Learning Strategies, Literature Reviews, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.