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ERIC Number: ED501738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
It Pays to Compare! Using Comparison to Help Build Students' Flexibility in Mathematics. Newsletter.
Star, Jon R.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Flexible knowledge, knowing multiple approaches for solving problems, is a hallmark of expertise in mathematics. Frequently, the author writes, students memorize only one method of solving a certain kind of problem, without understanding what they are doing, why a given strategy works, and whether there are alternative solution methods. Comparison is a powerful tool that mathematics teachers can use to introduce students to multiple strategies. Comparison can and should play a key role in the teaching of algebra and prerequisite-for-algebra topics, such as rational numbers. [The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement is administered by Learning Point Associates under contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.]
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. 1100 17th Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20035. Tel: 877-277-2744; Web site: http://www.centerforcsri.org
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305H050179