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ERIC Number: EJ975989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1040-1350
Developing Future Mathematicians: Math Circles
Sheperd, Paul; Sakashita, Sue Savage
Understanding Our Gifted, v22 n1 p11-13 Fall 2009
Typical middle and high school math curricula are template based, meaning the use of standardized methods to solve mathematical problems as examples on which to base other problem solving. Template based math instruction may help a student to pass tests; however, it is an insufficient way to develop mathematical thinking. Mathematicians are trained to think deeply about simple concepts. This is completely absent in template based learning. Curriculum and instruction need to engage students in the real work of the mathematician so that young people develop the dispositions necessary to think and act appropriately when they encounter ill defined problems and fuzzy situations. Costa and Kallick (2000) define a "Habit of Mind" as having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. General habits such as persistence, flexible thinking, and metacognition are applicable across multiple domains and are characteristics of productive and efficacious individuals. University of Utah's Math Circle develop such habits by introducing students to ill defined and fuzzy problems that require application of high level thinking and reasoning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Singapore; Utah
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study