Helping Children Learn Mathematics

Helping Children Learn Mathematics

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Results from national and international assessments indicate that school children in the United States are not learning mathematics well enough. Many students cannot correctly apply computational algorithms to solve problems. Their understanding and use of decimals and fractions are especially weak. Indeed, helping all children succeed in mathematics is an imperative national goal. However, for our youth to succeed, we need to change how we're teaching this discipline. Helping Children Learn Mathematics provides comprehensive and reliable information that will guide efforts to improve school mathematics from pre--kindergarten through eighth grade. The authors explain the five strands of mathematical proficiency and discuss the major changes that need to be made in mathematics instruction, instructional materials, assessments, teacher education, and the broader educational system and answers some of the frequently asked questions when it comes to mathematics instruction. The book concludes by providing recommended actions for parents and caregivers, teachers, administrators, and policy makers, stressing the importance that everyone work together to ensure a mathematically literate society.14 Helping Children Learn Mathematics Routine problems can always be solved using standard procedures. For example, most children in second grade know that they must add to answer the following question: a€œIf 12 students are on theanbsp;...

Title:Helping Children Learn Mathematics
Author:Mathematics Learning Study Committee, National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Center for Education
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2002-07-31


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