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Topic: Today's College Students
Replies: 9   Last Post: Dec 26, 1998 6:31 PM

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Diane Schmidt

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Posted: Dec 26, 1998 6:31 PM
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Arthur,

I see two problems with what you have said.

1) There are those, probably like yourself, that have a very intuitive
understanding of the logic of mathematics. Unfortunately that is not
the case for the majority of the population. Students who are taught
to memorize formulas show very little ability to apply those to new
situations. They cannot see how to manipulate a formula to soplve a
problem presented in a new way or in a new situation. Transfer simply
is not there.
2) Plugging into formulas to solve problems only goes so far.
Eventually we come to a problem for which there is no known formula to
solve it. This takes people with an understanding of mathematics, not
just people who can use formulas.





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