ERIC Number: EJ1154525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Rethinking Mathematics Teaching in Liberia: Realistic Mathematics Education
Stemn, Blidi S.
Childhood Education, v93 n5 p388-393 2017
In some African cultures, the concept of division does not necessarily mean sharing money or an item equally. How an item is shared might depend on the ages of the individuals involved. This article describes the use of the Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) approach to teach division word problems involving money in a 3rd-grade class in Liberia. This pedagogical strategy uses contextual problems and students' everyday experiences as a foundation for teaching important mathematics concepts and skills. The students, the author found, who were used to the traditional methods of teaching, became active participants and creative in their thinking as they were exposed to the RME model.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Skills, Instructional Innovation, Grade 3, Visual Aids, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 3
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Liberia
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