ERIC Number: ED399188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-15
Critical Thinking Approach to Mathematics Based on the CSBM Research.
This booklet contains a series of articles outlining the problem with developmental mathematics training in the United States, with comments from numerous educators and high-ranking business executives. Solutions to improving mathematics training are offered as the result of research from the Continuous Sequence in Basic Mathematics (CSBM) project. The solution is described as a critical thinking approach to teaching mathematics. Changes needed to correct the perceived problems of developmental math include emphasis on reading mathematics, restructure and reduction of curriculum, and more emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The booklet offers a 30-unit curriculum, examples of student misconceptions of algorithms, and characteristics of critical thinking. Examples of exercises that utilize critical thinking are provided, including those for algebra, geometry, and problem-solving to reinforce the use of a calculator or computer. Teaching methods for the use of critical thinking are described, including evaluation of students using the process. (AIM)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Criticism, Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Problem Solving
Materials and Technology for Education, 3095 S. Trenton Street, Denver, CO 80231-4164.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Materials and Technology for Education, Denver, CO.