Discussion:  Traffic Jam Applet tool 
Topic:  Math maturity 
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Subject:  RE: Math maturity 
Author:  moursund 
Date:  Aug 3 2004 
Development. When a typical student is at the Preoperational Level on the
Piagetian scale, the studetn is apt to be at a similiar level on some sort of
Math Maturity scale.
Research suggests that in industrialized nations such as the US, only about 35%
of students reach formal operations by the time they finish high school. That
is, most high school students are still mostly functioning at a Concret
Operations level, and just begining to show iighs of some Formal Operations from
time to time.
However, courses such as algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2 tend to have a
significant orientation toward the types of abstractness and use of symbols that
constitute a definiiton of Formal Operations. From this I conclude taht
significant parts of the high school math curriculum are being taught at a
significantly higher Piagetian level (or, math maturiyt level) than many of the
students who take these cuorses have achieved. I wonder if other math teachers
think this. Also, how is this situation affected by Math Tools?
 
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