Oral Storytelling and Teaching Mathematics: Pedagogical and Multicultural Perspectives / Edition 1

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Overview

Oral Storytelling and Teaching Mathematics contains two case studies of teachers telling epic oral stories to teach math to elementary and middle school students. The book also includes theoretical discussions of essential elements of oral storytelling, multicultural education, how oral storytelling can help children who have difficulty learning mathematics, and mathematical problem solving. This book significantly extends two pedagogical movements that have recently influenced mathematics teaching: the use of physical manipulatives and visual imagery and the use of children’s literature. It takes a giant leap in leaving behind the written word for oral language and integrating serious mathematical explorations with fantasy.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"Schiro's book proposes the use of fantasy in the teaching of mathematics. Schiro maintains that the fantasy storytelling genre permits the use of mathematical manipulatives, imagery, symbols, diagrams, and algorithms by both the storyteller and the audience, allowing the listener to envision mathematical problems...This is an intriguing book. "
Doctor - Rainy M. Cotti
“This book makes significant contributions to the field of mathematics education in many areas. Its use of oral storytelling as a means of teaching algorithms and problem solving, its presentation of a collaborative teaching model that can be generalized to all mathematics teaching, its presentation of a new perspective on problem solving, enhancing the currently popular approach, and its insights into multicultural mathematics all provide a wealth of knowledge for pre-service and in-service classroom teachers as well as mathematics education instructors.”
Susan Addington
“It is very well written. It avoids math education jargon, but at the same time discusses deep issues in the subject. References to the literature are useful and well chosen . . . . The book flows very well. very well. I liked the way of starting with stories and the stories of the classroom lessons. This gives a good foundation for the more theoretical discussions later in the book.”
NACADA Journal
“Schiro’s book is a testament to the necessity of a diverse educational background.”

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http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Journal/bkrev_841.htm

Dr. Rainy M. Cotti
“This book makes significant contributions to the field of mathematics education in many areas. Its use of oral storytelling as a means of teaching algorithms and problem solving, its presentation of a collaborative teaching model that can be generalized to all mathematics teaching, its presentation of a new perspective on problem solving, enhancing the currently popular approach, and its insights into multicultural mathematics all provide a wealth of knowledge for pre-service and in-service classroom teachers as well as mathematics education instructors.”
CHOICE
"Schiro's book proposes the use of fantasy in the teaching of mathematics. Schiro maintains that the fantasy storytelling genre permits the use of mathematical manipulatives, imagery, symbols, diagrams, and algorithms by both the storyteller and the audience, allowing the listener to envision mathematical problems...This is an intriguing book. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761930105
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Stephen Schiro has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He received his bachelorate from Tufts University and his doctorate from Harvard University. In the 1960’s he worked for school desegregation n North Carolina. In the 1970’s he worked to improve urban education in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was chair of the Department of Teacher Education and School Administration at Boston College in the 1980’s. He specializes in mathematics education and curriculum theory, and taught courses in mathematics education, curriculum theory, computer education, literacy, and multicultural education at Boston College from 1974 to 2009, when he retired. He published eleven books with such diverse titles as Integrating Children's Literature and Mathematics in the Classroom, Oral Story Telling and Teaching Mathematics, Mega-Fun Math Games, Curriculum for Better Schools: The Great Ideological Debate, and Tan and the Shape Changer.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Wizard's Tale: Foundations of Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling
The Wizard's Tale: In Doris Lawson's Fourth Grade Classroom
Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling: Underlying Assumptions
Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling: Structural Relationships
Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling: Pedagogical Assumptions
To Teach Or Not To Teach Mathematical Algorithms
Variations On The Wizard's Tale With Fourth Graders - Doris P. Lawson
The Egypt Story: Oral Storytelling, Problem Solving and Multicultural Mathematics
The Egypt Story: Doris Lawson Tells Sixth Graders An Oral Story
An Interview With Doris Lawson About The Egypt Story
Problem Solving: Mathematical And Multicultural
Mathematics And Culture
Multicultural Mathematics Instruction
Oral Storytelling, Mathematics, Ideology, and Multicultural Intentions
Bibliography
Index

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