ERIC Number: ED412122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Learning Mathematics for Teaching: Lessons in/from the Domain of Fractions. Center for the Development of Teaching Paper Series.
It is widely recognized that developing a successful teaching practice, one that is grounded in the principles that guide the current effort to reform mathematics education, requires a qualitatively different and significantly richer understanding of mathematics that most teachers in the 1990s possess. However, it is not as clear how teachers' mathematical understandings develop and how those understandings affect instruction. This paper explores two avenues for K-6 teachers' mathematical investigations--inquiry into mathematics itself and inquiry into children's mathematical thinking--and illustrates how they arise in elementary teaching situations and how they can be explored in a professional development setting. Contains 43 references. (Author)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Fractions, Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Education Development Center, Inc., Center for the Development of Teaching, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02158-1060.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. Women's Educational Equity Act Dissemination Center.