ERIC Number: ED437281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Getting Unstuck in Maths: Building Mathematical Memory with Rapid Reconstruction.
This paper proposes that there are some students who understand mathematics but just can't remember the rules to use it, and others who have accurate rote memory but can't apply the facts they know or do not understand the concepts behind them. The guided discovery approach to teaching mathematics is introduced. This approach promotes a system of rapid mathematical reconstruction to develop memory using strategies that are directly related to constructive exploration. This simple method uses "manipulative on paper" to establish fluent, context-derived memory in a cooperative classroom setting. The guided-discovery/rapid-reconstruction process successfully reduces basic maths to its simplest elements, allowing students to quickly count groups of objects, notice the patterns and relationships that the counting reveals, and remember the things that they noticed. This technique is illustrated by providing an example using multiplication and division. (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Adults Learning Mathematics Conference (4th, Limerick, Ireland, July 4-6, 1997).