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ERIC Number: EJ1004858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1492-6156
Teachers of Mathematics as Problem-Solving Applied Mathematicians
Chick, Helen; Stacey, Kaye
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v13 n2 p121-136 2013
Some of mathematics teaching is routine, like an exercise from a textbook for which you have received instruction and already know what to do. On other occasions, however, teaching mathematics is challenging, involving problems of teaching for which the solutions may not be readily apparent. These situations require the application of mathematical knowledge in concert with other types of knowledge for teaching. In this article, we explore the idea that teachers of mathematics act as applied mathematicians in applying mathematical knowledge to the resolution of teaching problems. This task involves the complex interplay of mathematical and teaching knowledge and processes of problem solving with success judged according to how well students learn. The article discusses these ideas through an examination of seven scenarios. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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