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Quote Quiz [Was: Stewart]
Posted:
Sep 24, 2001 5:27 PM


Good Afternoon Calc_Reform,
Since we're talking about books, here's a passage from the appendix of a text by a wellknown, respected mathematician  the first to correctly identify the author, book, and year of publication wins the prize! (I have no idea what the prize is, but it must be worth winning.)
> Hints to Teachers, and to Teachers of Teachers > > Teachers who wish to make use of this book in their profession should not > neglect the hints addressed to all readers, but they should pay a ttention also > to the following remarks. > As explained in the Preface, this book is designed to give opportunity for > creative work on an appropriate level to prospective high school mathematics > teachers (also to teachers already in service). Such opportunity is desirable, > I think: a teacher who has had no personal experience of some sort of creative > work can scarcely expect to be able to inspire, to lead, to help, or even to > recognize the creative activity of his students. > The averag e teacher cannot be expected to do research on some very advanced > subject. Yet the solution of a nonroutine mathematical problem is genuine > creative work. The problems proposed in this book (which are not marked with a > dagger) do not require much knowledge beyond the high school level, but they > do require some degree, and sometimes a high degree, of concentration and > judgment. The solution of problems of this kind is, in my opinion, the kind of > creative work that ought to be introduced int o the high school mathematics > teachers' curriculum. In fact, in solving this kind of problems, the > prospective teacher has an opportunity to acquire thorough knowledge of high > school mathematics ÃÂ real knowledge, ready to use, not acquired by mere > memorizing but by applying it to interesting problems. Then, which is even > more important, he may acquire some knowhow, some skill in handling high > school mathematics, some insight into the essentials of problemsolving. All > this will enable him lo lead, and to judge, his students' work more > efficiently.
Regards, Bill
=================================== Wm C Bauldry, PhD Professor and Chairperson Department of Mathematical Sciences Appalachian State University Boone, NC 286082092 ===================== phone: (828) 2623050 fax: (828) 2658617 mailto://BauldryWC@appstate.edu http://math.appstate.edu/~wmcb/ ===================================

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