ERIC Number: EJ1018083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Reference Count: 5
Students as Mathematics Consultants
Jensen, Jennifer L.
Mathematics Teacher, v106 n8 p608-613 Apr 2013
If students are going to develop reasoning and thinking skills, use their mathematical knowledge, and recognize the relevance of mathematics in their lives, they need to experience mathematics in meaningful ways. Only then will their mathematical skills be transferrable to all other parts of their lives. To promote such flexible mathematical thought, the author has her algebra students become mathematics consultants. In this article, the author describes an activity whose goal is to have students learn how to apply mathematical knowledge in different situations and use this knowledge to make inferences and draw conclusions. Specifically five problems--relating to gas mileage, the national debt, store sales, shipping costs, and fish population--require students to use functions to connect mathematics to the real world.
Descriptors: Consultants, Mathematics Education, Student Projects, Algebra, Inferences, Logical Thinking, Problem Solving, Mathematics Activities, Teaching Methods, Skill Development, Thinking Skills, Course Objectives, Problem Based Learning
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
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