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|Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)|
|Is it really possible to acquire skills - mathematical or otherwise - in a de-contextualized fashion in a classroom setting, then make use of those skills in any real-life situation that may require them? The assumption that this is indeed possible is so fundamental to our system of schooling, and so firmly ingrained in our way of thinking about learning, that is it easy for us to not realize that it is (just) an assumption, not an established fact... when people acquired skills out of context in the classroom, they could not, in general, apply those skills in real-life situations for which they were theoretically appropriate. But that did not prevent them for developing their own, often highly effective, ways of doing things.|
|Levels:||High School (9-12), College, Research|
|Math Topics:||Basic Operations|
|Math Ed Topics:||Pedagogical Research|
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