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ERIC Number: EJ1105793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2156-1400
The Effects of Constraints in a Mathematics Classroom
Stokes, Patricia D.
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v4 n2 p25-31 Fall-Win 2013
The dictionary definition of constraint is one-sided, solely restrictive. The problem-solving definition is two-sided. Constraints come in pairs. One retains its restrictive function, precluding something specific; the other directs search for its substitute. The paired constraint model is applied to both domain and classroom. I discuss the effects of curricular, variability, testing, cognitive, and talent constraints; demonstrate how paired constraints can be used to create a new curriculum; and close with suggestions for using constraints effectively and creatively in the classroom.
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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