
Re: Maths pedagaogy
Posted:
Mar 20, 2013 12:58 PM


On 20130319, Frederick Williams <freddywilliams@btinternet.com> wrote: > quasi wrote:
>> Frederick Williams wrote: >> >quasi wrote:
>> >> Yes, but the best teachers and authors have mastered the art of >> >> judging how their presentation would be seen from the point of >> >> view of the prospective student.
>> >While the lecturer knows to whom he is lecturing, the author of a >> >book doesn't necessarily know who will read it.
>> But an author should always have an assumed target audience in >> mind.
> Indeed so, but does he who takes the book down from the shelf know > whether or not he is... um... targeted? I assume that he who walks into > the lecture theatre knows whether a first year or graduate level lecture > is going to be delivered. Since Paul Epstein tells me I've got it the > wrong way round, I'll withdraw my remark anyway. Others will know > better than I.
What is "first year" mathematics? What is "graduate level" mathematics? Frankly, I would prefer to teach good rigorous mathematics in elementary school to trying to get it through the heads of those who believe that memorization of facts and methods is mathematics. Many at the graduate level are like this, and unfortunately they are getting PhD's on more of the same type of material.
The original "new math" failed because the teachers could not understand what the children could.
> (Just a minute though: "exactly the wrong way round." So I shall award > myself one mark out of ten for exactitude.:)
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