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Ronald A Ward

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Eval. Stds. Follow Up
Posted: Feb 7, 1997 7:37 PM
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In question 35 of post #5, I raised a question about different
definitions or meanings of the term "MATHEMATICAL POWER." Some readers
wrote to say that they did not have access to "Everybody Counts" or to
the Professional Standards, although they did have the 1989 document.
So, I'm going to go ahead and list here two definitions which I think are
quite different from each other and quite different from that in the 1989
document.

EVERYBODY COUNTS: "A capacity of mind of increasing value in a
technological age that enables one to read critically, to identify
fallacies, to detect bias, to assess risk, and to suggest alternatives."
Elsewhere in the same document: "Mathematical power requires that students
be able to discern relations, reason logically, and use a broad spectrum
of mathematical methods to solve a variety of non-routine problems."

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS: "Mathematical power includes the ability to
explore, conjecture, and reason logically; to solve nonroutine problems;
to communicate about and through mathematics; and to connect ideas within
mathematics and between mathematics and other intellectual activity.
Mathematical power also involves the development of personal
self-confidence and a disposition to seek, evaluate, and use quantitative
and spatial information in solving problems and in making decisions.
Students' flexibility, perseverance, interest, curiosity, and
inventiveness also affect the realization of mathematical power."

Ron Ward





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