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Andrea Hall

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Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Posted: Nov 9, 1995 4:08 PM
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Eric Sasson asks:
> I have found it to be the case that the best way to test my understanding
> of something is to discuss it, or even better try teaching it to somebody
> else. What
> are other ways in which we can test whether or not a student has learned
> something?
>
> It seems to me that the method used most often now is to give written
> examinations. Exams however tend to test a student's ability to DO
> similar (if not essentially identical) problems. It was rare in my
> education that I was forced to discuss concepts in math class.


While I agree that being able to explain, discuss, and teach a concept is one
of the best ways to test one's understanding and that most written exams
merely ask students to recall and repeat problems done in class, it seems to
me that another way to test understanding is to apply a concept in a novel
situation. My high school calculus exams always presented problems we had
never seen before, although they used the same concepts we had covered. In
this way my teacher could tell whether we had grasped the concepts or just
the calculations. In a subject such as high school mathematics, whose
primary value is in application, how can we balance the use of discussion to
promote learning and written exams to test ability to apply the learned
concepts?
Andrea Hall
AndiHall@aol.com





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