Beyond Classical Pedagogy: Teaching Elementary School Mathematic

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Overview

The emergence of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards in 1989 sparked a sea change in thinking about the nature and quality of mathematics instruction in U.S. schools. Much is known about transmission forms of mathematics teaching and the influence of this teaching on students' learning, but there is still little knowledge about the alternative forms of instruction that have evolved from the recent widespread efforts to reform mathematics education.

Beyond Classical Pedagogy: Teaching Elementary School Mathematics reports on the current state of knowledge about these new instructional practices, which differ in significant ways from the traditional pedagogy that has permeated mathematics education in the past. This book provides a research-based view of the nature of facilitative teaching in its relatively mature form, along with opposing views and critique of this form of pedagogy.

The focus is on elementary school mathematics classrooms, where the majority of the reform-based efforts have occurred, and on the micro level of teaching (classroom interaction) as a source for revealing the complexity involved in teaching, teachers' learning, and the impact of both on children's learning. The work in elementary mathematics teaching is situated in the larger context of research on teaching.

Research and insights from three disciplinary perspectives are presented: the psychological perspective centers on facilitative teaching as a process of teachers' learning; the mathematical perspective focuses on the nature of the mathematical knowledge teachers need in order to engage in this form of teaching; the sociological perspective attends to the interactive process of meaning construction as teachers and students create intellectual communities in their classrooms.

The multidisciplinary perspectives presented provide the editors with the necessary triangulation to provide confirming evidence and rich detail about the nature of facilitative teaching.

Audiences for this book include scholars in mathematics education and teacher education, teacher educators, staff developers, and classroom teachers. It is also appropriate as a text for graduate courses in mathematics education, teacher education, elementary mathematics teaching methods, and methods of research in mathematics education.

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Reporting on new instructional practices, this book provides a research-based view of the nature of teaching, along with opposing views and critiques of current pedagogy. The focus is on elementary school mathematics classrooms, and on the micro level of classroom interaction as a source for revealing the complexity involved in teaching, teachers' learning, and the impact of both on children's learning. Psychological, mathematical, and sociological perspectives are all offered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 5
2 Teaching, With Respect to Mathematics and Students 11
3 An Alternative Conception of Teaching for Understanding: Case Studies of Two First-Grade Mathematics Classes 27
4 Teaching as Learning Within a Community of Practice: Characterizing Generative Growth 47
5 Developing a Professional Vision of Classroom Events 75
Commentary 1: Questions and Issues 95
6 Learning to See the Invisible: What Skills and Knowledge are Needed to Engage with Students' Mathematical Ideas? 109
7 Where Mathematics Content Knowledge Matters: Learning About and Building on Children's mathematical Thinking 135
8 Two Intertwined Bodies of Work: Conducting Research on Mathematics Teacher Development and Elaborating Theory of Mathematics Teaching/Learning 157
Commentary 2: Issues and Questions 171
9 Extending the Conception of Mathematics Teaching 185
10 Making Sense of Mathematics Teaching in Real Contexts 209
Commentary 3: Questions and Issues 239
11 Constructing Facilitative Teaching 251
12 Constructivist Mathematics Instruction and Current Trends in Research on Teaching 275
Final Remarks 295
Author Index 301
Subject Index 305
Contributors 309
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