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ERIC Number: EJ779282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Attitude Adjustments
Clarkson, Lesa M. Covington; Fawcett, Gay; Shannon-Smith, Elaine; Goldman, Nancy T.
Educational Leadership, v65 n3 p72-76 Nov 2007
Students, parents, and sometimes even teachers often believe that complex mathematics is too difficult for certain learners. But the programs described in this article demonstrate that anyone can learn, understand, and use complex math. Lesa M. Covington-Clarkson boosted the confidence of black 6th graders by teaching them to use graphing calculators. By exposing them to a complex tool often reserved for high school students, she hoped to encourage them to see higher mathematics as an option for future study. Gay Fawcett and Elaine Shannon-Smith tell of a partnership between schools and community organizations to bring math-related activities to the wider community. When students and parents visited the zoo, the ball park, and other sites, they received cards or handouts with fun activities that reinforced concepts in the Ohio Mathematics Benchmarks. Realizing that the students in her mathematics pedagogy class did not understand the meaning behind various mathematics procedures, Nancy T. Goldman engaged these teachers in training in activities designed to make math more meaningful. Her students would then be better prepared to help their students develop deeper mathematics understanding. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio