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Richard Fouchaux

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Re(2): Concepts vs. Algorithms
Posted: Jul 11, 1995 9:49 AM
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In summary, to my opinion, there are pure math and applied math, and
each of them have algorithms and concepts. In general, each of them
can help the development of others, and they are equally
important. For students who have unbalanced growth of these abilities,
teacher should use their strength to help them develop other
parts. But sometimes, it is very individualized especially for some
very talented kids. One should not conclude that the kids is only an
algorithm machine just because their practical number sense develop
slower. Similarly for kids with strength in practical sense but slower
in abstract number sense, we can help, but sometimes we just have to
be patient, with constant encouragement and appreciation toward their


Very well said, in my opinion. As Piaget has shown us many kids are just
developing their abstract thinking abilities at the same time we are trying to
teach some very abstract concepts. No wonder many would prefer we just give
them the algorithm right off the top and let them do their homework!

Richard Fouchaux


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