ERIC Number: ED432469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
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The Role of Social Constructivist Philosophy in the Teaching of School Algebra and in the Preparation of Mathematics Teachers.
Telese, James A.
As a learning theory, constructivism describes knowledge as being in flux--where an individual internally constructs knowledge through social and cultural mediation. Constructivist learning theorists contend that social activity and discourse must play important roles in order for understanding to occur. This paper describes how the social constructivist view of learning can be useful in the teaching of high school algebra and in the preparation of mathematics teachers. A brief summary of the social constructivist view as a philosophy of mathematics is presented, followed by a review of learning theory associated with school algebra. Implications for the preparation of pre-service mathematics teachers are discussed. (Contains 17 references.) (ASK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (Chicago, IL, February 13-17, 1999).