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Topic: Learning and Mathematics: Schoenfeld, Metacognition
Replies: 16   Last Post: May 3, 1996 7:46 AM

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Nette Witgert

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Re: Learning and Mathematics: Schoenfeld, Metacognition
Posted: Mar 26, 1996 7:38 AM
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The Schoenfeld article on metacognition started me thinking about how
teachers can effectively introduce math to students such that they do
think about the "why" and learn to apply what they learn to the real
world. It seems to me that this promises to be difficult for teachers
dealing with elementary school kids, who don't always have the capacity
to delve into the "why" of something. For certain situations and for
initially learning some mathematical processes, I am under the
impression that perhaps rote memorization or plugging the numbers into
the formula may be the best thing to do. I feel this way because
throughout elementary school, most kids still enjoy math. The typical
aversion to math comes in high school and college, because this is when
math starts to get a little more difficult and abstract. It is at this
level when teachers should really concentrate on helping students
understand why math works the way it does, and students should be able
to make the appropriate connections to the real world. On the other
hand, maybe college level students are not able to keep up with the new
way math is being taught to them unless they've had the "why" type of
instruction since early on...


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