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ERIC Number: ED327415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87367-309-3
A Decalogue for Teaching Mathematics. Fastback Series 309.
DeBower, Carrol E.; DeBower, Kari L.
Reasons for poor performance in mathematics by students in the United States are discussed. According to the authors, too many students never experience arithmetic at a physical, concrete level. Students are drilled in arithmetic facts without any meaningful context and are given few opportunities to use numerical concepts in real-life applications. Described in this fastback in the form of a Decalogue, or ten commandments, are methods that can be used to teach mathematics successfully. These commandments hold for every grade level including postsecondary mathematics. Topics include: (1) the use of manipulatives and visuals; (2) cooperative learning models; (3) diagnosis of student development; (4) unit plan development; (5) problem solving; (6) algebra and geometry; (7) the use of computers and calculators; (8) mental computation, estimation, and measurement; (9) probability and statistics; (10) integration of skills and techniques from different branches of mathematics. (KR)
Phi Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($0.90 nonmembers, $0.75 members, contact for quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.