Alternative Perspectives on Knowing Mathematics in Elementary Schools

@inproceedings{Putnam1989AlternativePO,
  title={Alternative Perspectives on Knowing Mathematics in Elementary Schools},
  author={Ralph Thomas Putnam and Magdalene Lampert and Penelope L. Peterson},
  year={1989}
}
Many mathematics educators and researchers agree that current mathematics instruction in elementary and secondary schools focuses too much on efficient computation and not enough on mathematical understanding, problem solving, and reasoning. But beyond this agreement exist diverse views about what it means to know, understand, and learn mathematics. This paper considers various research perspectives that can inform thinking about what mathe::latics should be like in U.S. public elementary… CONTINUE READING

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