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ERIC Number: ED474055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
What Mathematical Abilities Are Most Needed for Success Beyond School in a Technology Based Age of Information?
Lesh, Richard
In this paper, a central claim will be that one of the most important influences that technology should have on mathematics education is that many of the most important goals of mathematics instruction should consist of helping students develop powerful, sharable, and re-usable conceptual technologies for constructing (and making sense) of complex systems. A second claim will be that these new conceptual tools don't involve introducing completely new topics into the mathematics curriculum as much as they involve dealing with old topics in new ways that emphasize mathematics-as-communication (description, explanation) more than mathematics-as-rules-for-symbol-manipulation. A third claim will be that, even though technology-based tools create the need to teach these new levels and types of understandings and abilities, in many cases, technology-based tools are not needed to teach them effectively. So, it is not necessary to have lots of classrooms full of educational technologies in order to provide learning experiences for students that are wise to the needs of a technology-based society. (Author)
Aukland University of Technology, PB 92006, Auckland, NZ. Tel: 64-9-907-999 X 8405; Fax: 64-9-307-9973; e-mail: or University of Auckland PB 92019, Auckland, NZ. Tel: 64-9-373-7599 X 5886; Fax: 64-9-373-7457; e-mail:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Education (Auckland, NZ, December 11-14, 2000). For full proceedings, see SE 066 920.