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Teaching Mathematics : Toward a Sound Alternative - Brent Davis

Teaching Mathematics

Toward a Sound Alternative

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1996
ISBN: 9780815322979
Number Of Pages: 324

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This book presents an approach to the teaching of mathematics that departs radically from conventional prescription-oriented and management-based methods. It brings together recent developments in such diverse fields as continental and pragmatist philosophy, enactivist thought, critical discourses, cognitive theory, evolution, ecology, and mathematics, and challenges the assumptions that permeate much of mathematics teaching. The discussion focuses on the language used to frame the role of the teacher and is developed around the commonsense distinctions drawn between thought and action, subject and object, individual and collective, fact and fiction, teacher and student, and classroom tasks and real life.
The discussion also addresses the question of how mathematics teaching can be reformed to better suit current academic and social climates. Making use of the theoretical framework of enactivism, the book explores the subject through an account of a middle school teacher's appreciation and understanding of her role. Teaching mathematics, as both the report of this teacher's experience and the discussion make clear, demands an embracing of ambiguity, uncertainty, complexity, and moral responsibility.
Courses for Adoption
Education: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, Methods for Teaching Elementary Schools, Methods for Teaching Secondary Schools, Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy
Special Features
*Elucidates the importance and relationship between theory and practice.
*Employs reflective teaching techniques to focus students on their own learning, knowledge, and understanding of mathematics.
*Details a collaborative venture that traces the development of new thinking and insights about math teaching and learning.
*A fine blending of theory with practice.

Industry Reviews

"This book is a work of art, an essay that engages the reader in an experience that goes beyond the intellectual processing of ideas. Davis uses language as does a poet, to affect the reader, to effect a change in the reader's experience of the subject matter, and of him or herself in that subject matter." -J. Curriculum Studies "Learning and expressing through sight are often predominant in our thinking, and I believe that paying more attention to sound, to listening, to hearing can open our ears to a whole new pedagogical approach to mathematics and, indeed, to other subjects. I believe Brent Davis, through this book, has done that." -Harvard Educational Review "It would benefit all educators interested in curriculum studies and instructional pedagogy. I recommend this book to all educators who are caught up in what they are doing and have forgotten to really listen to their students." -Teaching Children Mathematics

Series Editor's Preface
Front Word
Setting the Tone - Introduction
Close Your Eyes and Listen - Conceptual Underpinningsp. 1
Enactivismp. 2
Hermeneuticsp. 16
Listeningp. 33
An Ear to the Ground - The Subject Matterp. 55
Mathematicsp. 56
Mathematics Curriculump. 83
Mathematics Curriculum Anticipatingp. 101
Stood on One's Ear - The Educational Endeavorp. 129
Culture Making - The Place of Educationp. 130
Artistry - The Place of the Teacherp. 150
Pedagogy - Where Teaching Takes Placep. 164
All Ears - Cognitionp. 177
Knowingp. 178
Understanding and Meaningp. 195
Playp. 211
Playing It by Ear - Teachingp. 227
The Nature of Teachingp. 228
Assessmentp. 240
Mathematics Teaching as Listeningp. 258
Back Word Listening to Reason - Closing Remarksp. 275
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780815322979
ISBN-10: 0815322976
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st March 1996
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1

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