Sunday, April 8, 2012

Habits of Mind: An Organizing Principle for Mathematics Curriculum


"For generations, high school students have studied something in school that has been called mathematics, but which has very little to do with with way mathematics is created or applied outside of school."

"Much more important than specific mathematical results are the habits of mind used by the people who create those results, and we envision a curriculum that elevates the methods by which mathematics is created..."

"The goal is not to train large numbers of high school students to be university mathematicians, but rather to allow high school students to become comfortable with ill-posed and fuzzy problems, to see the benefits of systematizing and abstraction, and to look for and develop new ways of describing situations."

"A curriculum organized around habits of mind tries to close the gap between what the users and makers of mathematics do and what they say. Such a curriculum lets students in on the process of creating, inventing, conjecturing, and experimenting...It is a curriculum that encourages false starts, calculations, experiments, and special cases."

"The thought processes, the ways of looking at things, the habits of mind used by mathematicians, computer scientists, and scientists will be mirrored in systems that will influence almost every aspect of our daily lives."

Cuoco, A; Goldenberg, E. P., and J. Mark. (1997). Habits of Mind: an organizing principle for mathematics curriculum. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 15(4), 375-402.

1 comment:

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That's very nice explanation,I am agree with your review as maths is a subject that requires more practice than other subject and during practicing it will become easier and interesting and provides relaxation

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