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Author:Collins, et al.; Math Forum
Description: In a chapter entitled "Cognitive apprenticeship: Teaching the crafts of reading, writing, and mathematics," in the 1989 book Knowing, learning, and instruction: Essays in honor of Robert Glaser, Allan Collins, of BBN Laboratories, and John Seely Brown and Susan E. Newman, of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, describe and illustrate a non-traditional way to think about the roles of teachers and learners ("traditional" here connotes an active teacher/passive student relationship, usually with the teacher lecturing at the front of the class while students sit at desks in rows and listen, take notes, and occasionally answer questions). Their ideas reflect a kind of thinking about the nature of learning that has been influential in the development of the NCTM Standards. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.

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Math Ed Topics: Non-traditional

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