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Concept-Rich Mathematics Instruction: Building a Strong Foundation for Reasoning and Problem Solving
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About This Book
Have you ever wondered why students too often have only a rudimentary understanding of mathematics, why even rich and exciting hands-on learning does not always result in “real” learning of new concepts? The answer lies in whether students have actually learned mathematical concepts, rather than merely memorizing facts and formulas.
Concept-Rich Mathematics Instruction is based on the constructivist view that concepts are not simply facts to be memorized and later recalled, but rather knowledge that learners develop through an active process of adapting to new experiences.
The teacher's role is critical in this process. When teachers prompt students to reflect on their experiences and report and answer questions verbally, students must re-examine and even revise their concepts of reality.
Meir Ben-Hur offers expert guidance on all aspects of Concept-Rich Mathematics Instruction, including
Concept-Rich Mathematics Instruction is grounded in the belief that all students can learn to think mathematically and solve challenging problems. If you're looking for a powerful way to improve students' performance in mathematics and move closer to fulfilling the NCTM standards, look no further: this approach provides the building blocks for constructing a first-class mathematics program.
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About the Author
MEIR BEN-HUR is vice president, Program Services, and lead math consultant for the International Renewal Institute, Inc. (IRI). Since his first meeting with Reuven Feuerstein convinced him to devote a lifetime of learning and teaching to the Israeli psychologist's systematic approach to mediating children's learning experiences, Meir has developed his knowledge and skills as a teacher of young students and adults. His special interest in Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) has been in bridging FIE's “learning how to learn” process into mathematics.
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