ERIC Number: ED325452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Learning To Teach: Constructing Meaningful Understanding of Mathematical Content. Craft Paper 89-3.
Lappan, Glenda; Even, Ruhama
This paper discusses the development of the mathematical experiences which make up the three-term sequence of mathematics courses taken by participants in the Elementary Mathematics Project (EMP), a longitudinal study of change in preservice teachers' perceptions and beliefs about mathematics. For the mathematics courses, both content and teaching are considered. Under mathematical content, the main topics and mathematical problem solving are discussed; under doing mathematics, the topics discussed are abstraction, reasoning, unique answers, and time spent on problems. Mathematical connections are discussed with a focus on representations and applications. Instruction includes a discussion of the use of problem situations, development of community, and periodic reflections as part of the intervention. Throughout the paper, examples are given from the students' experiences in the courses. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.