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Woodrow, Derek – Mathematics in School, 1984
Some central issues relating to the nature of mathematical activity in schools are explored. Motives for including multicultural mathematics topics are discussed, as are using mathematics to educate, culture-based cognitive problems, and the sociopsychological impact of learning mathematics. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum
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Brissenden, Tom – Mathematics in School, 1985
An approach to encourage discussion in the mathematics classroom is presented. Teaching methods are discussed, followed by sections on planning effective mathematical situations, lesson plans which generate discussion, and controlling classroom interaction to generate discussion. (MNS)
Descriptors: Dialogs (Language), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Smith, Robert – Mathematics in School, 1989
Explores mathematical methods children use to find answers for themselves. Describes some methods used for multiplication and subtraction problems. (YP)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Poole, Brian – Mathematics in School, 1992
Focuses on the fascinating topic of soap films to allow students to use practical methods during their investigations into the underlying mathematics of soap film geometry. Provides directions and illustrations for the investigative mechanisms, as well as describing the mathematical equations involved. (JJK)
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Geometric Concepts, Learning Activities, Mathematical Enrichment
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Jones, Lesley – Mathematics in School, 1991
Mathematical concepts occur spontaneously from many topics and can be developed in the framework of cross-curricular schoolwork. Consequently, students can gain knowledge of where mathematics arises and insight about its purposes. (Included are activities dealing with the reflectional and rotational symmetries of automobile hubcaps evolved from…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Geometric Concepts
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Selkirk, Keith – Mathematics in School, 1986
Definitional questions are raised first, followed by discussion of simulations and their place in the mathematics classroom. Variety and classification are discussed, plus some comments on designing simulations. (MNS)
Descriptors: Educational Games, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities
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Ehrlich, Amos – Mathematics in School, 1991
Presented are four mathematical discoveries made by students on an arithmetical function using the Fibonacci sequence. Discussed is the nature of the role of the teacher in directing the students' discovery activities. (KR)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Inquiry, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities
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Eperson, D. B. – Mathematics in School, 1985
Presents six mathematical problems (with answers) which focus on: (1) chess moves; (2) patterned numbers; (3) quadratics with rational roots; (4) number puzzles; (5) Euclidean geometry; and (6) Carrollian word puzzles. (JN)
Descriptors: Algebra, Geometry, Mathematics Education, Numbers
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Kirkby, Dave – Mathematics in School, 1987
Described are a variety of mathematical games that can be played on a chess board and using either chess pieces or counters that move according to chess-piece moves. (RH)
Descriptors: Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction
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Eperson, D. B. – Mathematics in School, 1987
Presents a variety of mathematics activities for students to solve. Sections are included on geometrical dissection, prime numbers, trigonometry, and number concepts. (RH)
Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction
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Brown, Ken – Mathematics in School, 1986
Use of background grids from Logo programs is involved in this activity on angles and slopes. The value of such activities is then discussed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computer Graphics, Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Hudson, Brian – Mathematics in School, 1990
Describes the use of interactive video material for teaching mathematics using the doomsday system developed in England. The material on the videodisc contains photographs, maps, text, and statistics. Printed materials were developed to help guide the students in the use of the video material. Results of the classroom trials with the materials are…
Descriptors: Acid Rain, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Rawson, Bill – Mathematics in School, 1990
Discusses six activities from concrete to abstract related to geometric patterns. The stages of the activities are familiarization, starting point, walkabout, do-it-yourself, and investigation. Provides pictures of diverse patterns. (YP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Geometric Concepts
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Arcavi, Abraham; Nachmias, Rafi – Mathematics in School, 1990
Explores the parallel axes representation (PAR) of linear functions. Illustrates the influences of slope and intercept values on the representation. Appended are five exercises for making the PAR programs using BASIC language. (YP)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Functions (Mathematics), Mathematical Concepts
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Rose, Mike R. – Mathematics in School, 1985
Some lesson ideas with magic squares are given. The parametric form of three-by-three and four-by-four squares are each discussed and a worksheet is included on doing and making magic squares. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
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