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Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents / Edition 1

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Overview

In our efforts to reform mathematics education, we've learned a tremendous amount about young students' strategies and the ways they construct knowledge, without fully understanding how to support such development over time. The Dutch do. So, funded by the National Science Foundation and ExxonMobil, Mathematics in the City was begun, a collaborative inservice project that pooled the best thinking from both countries. In Young Mathematicians at Work, Catherine Fosnot and Maarten Dolk reveal what they learned after several years of intensive study in numerous urban classrooms.

In this third volume in a series of three, Fosnot and Dolk focus on how children in grades 5-8 construct their knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percents. Their book:

  • describes and illustrates what it means to do and learn mathematics.
  • contrasts word problems with true problematic situations which support and enhance investigation and inquiry.
  • provides strategies to help teachers turn their classrooms into math workshops.
  • explores the cultural and historical development of fractions, decimals, and their equivalents and the ways in which children develop similar ideas and strategies.
  • defines and gives examples of modeling, noting the importance of context.
  • discusses calculation using number sense and the role of algorithms in computation instruction.
  • describes how to strengthen performance and portfolio assessment.
  • focuses on teachers as learners by encouraging them to see themselves as mathematicians.
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Mathematics in the City was a collaborative inservice project that pooled the best thinking from the US and the Netherlands on the teaching of mathematics. This book reveals insights from the project and provides strategies to help teachers turn their classrooms into math workshops. Fosnot is professor of education at the City College of New York and director of Mathematics in the City, the inservice project described in this book. Dolk is a researcher and developer of mathematics education at the Freudenthal Institute in the Netherlands. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003559
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 484,252
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Twomey Fosnot is the Founding Director of Mathematics in the City and former Professor of Education at The City College of the City of New York. She has twice received the "best writing" award from AERA's Constructivist SIG and she was the recipient of the "young scholar" award by Educational Communication and Technology Journal. She is the lead author of the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series as well as the Young Mathematicians at Work series.

Maarten Dolk is a researcher and developer at the Freudenthal Institute for science and mathematics education in the Netherlands. He is involved in the development and research of in-service and multimedia in-service materials for teachers, staff developers, and teacher educators in a number of countries. He has been a collaborating partner in Mathematics in the City since its inception and is co-author of the first three books in the Young Mathematicians at Work series.

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