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ERIC Number: ED482652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Educating Students for Their Future Not Our Past: A Challenge for Teachers of Mathematics.
Jones, Peter
All have benefited from the industrial revolution which began in the 18th century and saw the gradual replacement of manual labor by machine. In the late 20th century, another revolution has been brought about by the rapid development of increasingly cheap and powerful computer-based technologies. Whereas the industrial revolution occurred through the mechanization of manual labor, the current electronic revolution is being achieved through a mechanization of certain sorts of intellectual skills. The brain rather than the hand is being made redundant. Initially from the mathematical point of view, the sort of intellectual skills that could be mechanized on an everyday basis might be dismissed as being relatively elementary in nature. However, high- level mathematical skills which used to be solved by complex algebraic expressions are now solved by handheld computer algebra systems. The key then is to see that emerging technologies do appear to threaten to make much of what was taught in the past redundant but they also offer real opportunities to enhance the mathematical capabilities of students. (Author/MVL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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