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Re: meaningful standards (fwd)
Posted: May 31, 1995 11:34 AM
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>Basing a curriculum on the specific to the general is like asking Jack
>Nicklaus to work on his game without ever going to the practice tee. And I
>wonder how many Super Bowls Joe Montana would've won without ever
>the basics.

It just occured to me that when I teach the junior-level mathematics
analysis course here at the University of Kansas things go a lot better if
I have students do little projects in which they are forced to grapple with
situations underlying difficult concepts *before* the concepts are defined
-- after all, that's where the concepts come from.

I suspect that this is true to some extent at every level.

This is not saying that we should always go from s. to g.; just that
sometimes it really works.

Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department
Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049

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