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Author:Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny
Description: Statistics on attendance (by country) at the International Congress on Mathematics Education held in Tokyo, Japan in August, and impressions of talks on the state of mathematics education in the year 2000. According to Mogens Niss (Denmark) who gave the first plenary lecture on Key Issues and Trends in Research on Mathematics Education, the field of mathematics education research has reached its first stage of maturity. This is especially manifest in the breadth and scope of current research... Today, research on the learning of mathematics is probably the predominant type of research in the field of mathematics education. Current research also covers classroom communication, social, cultural, and linguistic influences on the teaching and learning of mathematics, and of course its assessment. In another lecture, Erich Wittman (Germany) introduced the idea of substantial learning environments (SLE) as a tool for bridging the gap between theory and practice in mathematics education. The lecture was preceded by a video segment showing two girls probably 6-7 years of age playing the game of Scoring (illustrated with an applet).

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Problems/Puzzles, Articles, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Problem-Solving
Math Ed Topics: Pedagogical Research

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