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Why Teach Mathematics? : A Focus on General Education - Hans Heymann

Why Teach Mathematics?

A Focus on General Education


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Why Teach Mathematics? presents detailed arguments for seven interconnected objectives of a school system aiming at general education. A specific concept of general education involving these seven objectives serves as a criterion for a critique of the current widespread form of mathematics instruction, identifying its deficits and determining which innovations are necessary. Existing concepts of mathematics teaching are reexamined and assessed in the light of the concept of general education. Finally, the book provides a profile of an alternative mathematics instruction that can, indeed, help to realize a general education.

Preface to the English Editionp. vii
Introductionp. 1
An Outline of the Concept of General Education as a Frame of Referencep. 7
Preparation for Later Lifep. 9
Promoting Cultural Competencep. 22
Developing an Understanding of the Worldp. 35
Development of Critical Thinkingp. 44
Developing a Willingness to Assume Responsibilityp. 58
Practice in Communication and Cooperationp. 64
Enhancing Students' Self-Esteemp. 70
Concluding Remarks on the Scope and Status of this Concept of General Educationp. 81
Mathematics Instruction From the Perspective of General Educationp. 83
Mathematics Instruction and Preparation for Later lifep. 86
Mathematics Instruction and Cultural Competencep. 105
Developing an Understanding of the World in Mathematics Instructionp. 131
Thinking, Understanding, and the Use of Critical Thinking in Mathematics Instructionp. 153
Mathematics Instruction With Socio-ethical and Student-Related Objectives: Responsibility, Communication and Cooperation, Enhancing Students' Self-Esteemp. 195
Elements of a New Culture of Instructionp. 208
A Profile of Mathematics Teaching as Part of a General Educationp. 225
Notesp. 229
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9781402017865
ISBN-10: 1402017863
Series: Mathematics Education Library : Book 33
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.25