Forms of Mathematical Knowledge

Forms of Mathematical Knowledge : Learning and Teaching with Understanding

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What mathematics is entailed in knowing to act in a moment? Is tacit, rhetorical knowledge significant in mathematics education? What is the role of intuitive models in understanding, learning and teaching mathematics? Are there differences between elementary and advanced mathematical thinking? Why can't students prove? What are the characteristics of teachers' ways of knowing?
This book focuses on various types of knowledge that are significant for learning and teaching mathematics. The first part defines, discusses and contrasts psychological, philosophical and didactical issues related to various types of knowledge involved in the learning of mathematics. The second part describes ideas about forms of mathematical knowledge that are important for teachers to know and ways of implementing such ideas in preservice and in-service education.
The chapters provide a wide overview of current thinking about mathematics learning and teaching which is of interest for researchers in mathematics education and mathematics educators.
Topics covered include the role of intuition in mathematics learning and teaching, the growth from elementary to advanced mathematical thinking, the significance of genres and rhetoric for the learning of mathematics and the characterization of teachers' ways of knowing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 20.3mm | 612.36g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Reprinted from EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN MATHEMATICS, 38:1-3, 1999
  • IV, 252 p.
  • 079235995X
  • 9780792359951

Table of contents

Introduction; D. Tirosh. Intuitions and Schemata in Mathematical Reasoning; E. Fischbein. Intuitive Rules: A Way to Explain and Predict Students' Reasoning; D. Tirosh, R. Stavy. Forms of Knowledge in Mathematics and Mathematics Education: Philosophical and Rhetorical Perspectives; P. Ernest. Why Johnny Can't Prove; T. Dreyfus. Knowledge Construction and Diverging Thinking in Elementary & Advanced Mathematics; E. Gray, et al. Beyond Mere Knowledge of Mathematics: The Importance of Knowing - To Act in the Moment; J. Mason, M. Spence. Conceptualizing Teachers' Ways of Knowing; T.J. Cooney. Forms of Knowing Mathematics: What Preservice Teachers Should Learn; A. Graeber. The Transition from Comparison of Finite to the Comparison of Infinite Sets: Teaching Prospective Teachers; P. Tsamir. Integrating Academic and Practical Knowledge in a Teacher Leader's Development Program; R. Even.
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