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## What is a mathematical proof?

A dialogue in The Mathematical Experience by Davis and Hersh on what is mathematical proof and who decides what a proof is? Let’s see how our ideal mathematician (IM) made out with a student who came to him with a strange … Continue reading

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## Mathematical Literacy Goals for Students

National Council of Teachers for Mathematics NCTM proposed these five goals to cover the idea of mathematical literacy for students: Learning to value mathematics: Understanding its evolution and its role in society and the sciences. Becoming confident of one’s own … Continue reading

## Reflections on Liping Ma’s Work

Liping Ma’s book Knowing and teaching elementary mathematics has been very influential in Mathematics Education circles. This is a short summary of the book and my reflections on it. Introduction Liping Ma in her work compares the teaching of mathematics … Continue reading

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## Pedagogy of Idea of Power

A paper from much later Papert IBM Journal 2000 “What’s the big idea? Toward a pedagogy of idea power Here he distinguishes between the psychological (how a person is affected by a treatment) and epistemological (about ideas) aspects of learning … Continue reading

## On Division of Education

‘Consider how we design our educational programs. We take the major subjects apart and reduce them to a number of main sub-sections. Then we subdivide the sub-sections. We continue until we have a large collection of little pieces that we … Continue reading

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## Reason and Faith – Misconceptions in Science Education

Reason does not work in matters of faith. But it may have a chance at clearing misconceptions. via Tehelka Truly so. In case of my field of study, namely science education research, it may be the other way round. The … Continue reading

## Examinations: Students, Teachers and the System

We think of exams as simple troublesome exchanges with students: Glance at some of the uses of examinations: Measure students’ knowledge of facts, principles, definitions, experimental methods, etc Measure students’ understanding of the field studied Show students what they have … Continue reading

## A parable on…

A Parable Once upon a time, in a far away country, there was a community that had a wonderful machine. The machine had been built by most inventive of their people … generation after generation of men and women toiling … Continue reading

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## Why children hate maths…

Today, because it is the 15th Monday of your 5th grade year, you have to do this sum irrespective of who you are or what you really want to do; do what you are told … Continue reading