Math Makes Sense!: A Constructivist Approach To The Teaching And Learning Of Mathematics

Math Makes Sense!: A Constructivist Approach To The Teaching And Learning Of Mathematics

by Ana Helvia Quintero, Hector Rosario


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The methods for teaching mathematics usually follow the structure of mathematics. The problem with this is that the structure of mathematics took centuries of elaboration to develop and is not the same as how one originally experiences mathematics. Based on research of how mathematics is actually learned, this book presents an innovative approach for teaching mathematics that will engage pupils and can have lifelong benefits for how they take on board more advanced mathematical topics.Math Makes Sense! makes use of the realistic mathematics education (RME) philosophy, which bridges the gap between informal mathematics learning (such as in day-to-day life) and more formal teaching in school. Many real-life situations as examples for learning are included, as well as different mathematical and logic puzzles that will stimulate learning and foster understanding.The ideas presented are not confined to one national curriculum and so can be helpful worldwide to teachers/ instructors (both in practice and those still in training), private tutors, homeschooling parents, and educational researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783268641
Publisher: Imperial College Press
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgments vii

About the Authors ix

Chapter 1 Fostering the Learning of Mathematics 1

Chapter 2 Construction of Concepts and Mathematical Interpretations 17

Chapter 3 Numbering 35

Chapter 4 Addition and Subtraction 57

Chapter 5 Multiplication and Division 109

Chapter 6 Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages 125

Chapter 7 Measurement 157

Chapter 8 Exploring Space 179

Chapter 9 Probability and Statistics 197

Chapter 10 Patterns, Relations, and Functions 225

Chapter 11 The Joy of Puzzles 233

Chapter 12 Technology: A Tool for Analysis and Interpretation 243

Chapter 13 Assessment 249

Chapter 14 Concluding Remarks 265

Index 273

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