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Re: Saxon's program
Posted:
Dec 5, 1995 9:03 AM


Jack,
Thanks for the reasoned and thoughtprovoking comments. I'm a little concerned with your second identified weakness associated with the UCSMP materials. One of the main features of Usiskin's approach is the insistance on students reading the text prior to the lesson, at least that's the thrust in the training sessions. I agree it is absolutely essential for student's to read the text and UCSMP are supposed to make this easier for students and, again, to make reading the text a regular and indispensable part of the matheamtics classroom. What do you mean by "informal" and "formal" learning situations? Just curious, no flame.
H^2
...snip... >>To give this a 'standardsbased' flavor, I would make the personal observation >>that I think that both the traditionalists and the reformists are wrong in >>some basic ways. A portion of my students (in the community college >>population) have gone through some reformminded program in high school; most >>of these use the Univ of Chicago texts with a scientific or graphing >>calculator. In these students, it is clear that they have a positive >>attitude about mathematics; that's a good change. However, they tend >>to have two weaknesses: >> 1) skills and understanding >> It seems like some areas  basic fraction ideas and concepts of >> terms  are especially likely to have problems. This relative >> gaps are minor irritations; I can deal with these. >> 2) learning abilities >> More important to me, many students from such a background have >> trouble adapting from informal to formal learning situations; in >> particular, "reading the textbook" seems like an admission of >> weakness, not a valuable study skill. ...snip.. ***************************************************************** * Howard L. Hansen * Phone: (309) 2982275 * * Assistant Professor * Fax: (309) 2982585 * * Mathematics Education * Email: mfhlh@uxa.ecn.bgu.edu * * Western Illinois University * WIU Math Education Web site: * * Macomb, IL 61455 * http://www.ecn.bgu.edu/users/ * * * mimath/wiu/mero/homepage.html * *****************************************************************



