Self-directed Problem-solving Idea Production in Mathematics by Ann Dirkes
  

Synopsis

Self-directed Problem-solving Idea Production in Mathematics by Ann Dirkes

In order to achieve standards recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and other groups pressing for substantial change in instruction, students must confront the ways in which they approach learning. This book develops levels of self-direction in which students use problem solving to break through misconceptions. The outcome is increased expectations from both students and teachers, while student motivation is derived from curiosity, challenge and control. Components of the Self-Directed Mathematics Program develop strategies through which students initiate thinking and make connections that represent the construction of concepts and solutions to problems. When students see themselves as individuals in charge of their own thought process, they enrich themselves and are able to use mathematics to their advantage in the changing opportunities of the future. Contents: The Problem; A Program for Self-Direction; The Power of Self-Directed Thinking; Idea Listing: A Strategy; Word Problems and Other Problem Solving; Open Problems; The Assessment of Student Thinking; A Changing World.

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I recommend this book to all students and teachers of mathematics, both as a pedagogical tool and as a reference. -- Philip A. Schmidt, SUNY College at New Paltz, TEACHING CHILDREN MATHEMATICS This book w ould make a good reference for graduates students in mathematics-education programs. The many ideas in the book can be used succesfully with students of all ages. -- Philip A. Schmidt, SUNY College at New Paltz, TEACHING CHILDREN MATHEMATICS Mathematics Teacher The book presents concrete, useful ideas for implementing the reasoning and problem-solving standards, in particular. If interested in exploring an alternative approach to teaching problem solving through idea listing, this book may be valuable. -- Janet H. Caldwell, Rowan College of New Jersey, MATHEMATICS TEACHING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL The book presents concrete, useful ideas for implementing the reasoning and problem-solving standards, in particular. If interested in exploring an alternative approach to teaching problem solving through idea listing, this book may be valuable. -- Janet H. Caldwell, Rowan College of New Jersey, MATHEMATICS TEACHING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL I recommend this book to all students and teachers of mathematics, both as a pedagogical tool and as a reference. -- Philip A. Schmidt, SUNY College at New Paltz, TEACHING CHILDREN MATHEMATICS This book w ould make a good reference for graduates students in mathematics-education programs. The many ideas in the book can be used succesfully with students of all ages. -- Philip A. Schmidt, SUNY College at New Paltz, TEACHING CHILDREN MATHEMATICS Mathematics Teacher

About the Author

Ann Dirkes is Professor of Education at Indiana University.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
132 pages

Author

Ann Dirkes
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Publisher

University Press of America

Publication date

1st November 1993

ISBN

9780819191304


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