This is the summary of a presentation given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 10-13, 1996, Orlando, Florida.
Integrating Mathematics and Methods
Elementary mathematics courses for prospective teachers are a common offering at post secondary institutions with the content of these courses commonly dictated by state requirements. We propose to present a paper on a two-semester integrated mathematics content and methods course for preservice elementary school teachers taught at St. Xavier University. What makes this course truly innovative is that the integration is accomplished by presenting the material in a problem-solving format in a laboratory context, with students working with manipulative materials as part of a cooperative group. Such a format allows prospective elementary school teachers to learn mathematics and learn about the teaching of mathematics in a way they have not been exposed to previously and in a way which is consistent with the NCTM Curriculum and Evaluation Standards. Thus, it sets a compelling paradigm for similar courses at other institutions to examine and emulate. At the very least, it will start a dialogue about the desirability of integrating mathematics and teaching methods into one course.
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