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 NSF and Exxon Mobil, 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 second volume in a series of three, Fosnot and Dolk focus on how to develop an understanding of multiplication and division in grades 3-5. Their book:
describes and illustrates what it means to do and learn mathematics
provides strategies to help teachers turn their classrooms into math workshops that encourage and reflect mathematizing
examines several ways to engage and support children as they construct important strategies and big ideas related to multiplication
takes a close look at the strategies and big ideas related to division
defines modeling and provides examples of how learners construct models - with a discussion of the importance of context
discusses what it means to calculate using number sense and whether or not algorithms should still be the goal of computation instruction
describes how to strengthen performance and portfolio assessment
emphasizes teachers as learners by encouraging them to see themselves as mathematicians.
Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.36 (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.