Rational Numbers in Mathematics Education and Transition From Multiple Research Perspectives to Integrated Programs

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 74–76. Reviews the book, Rational Numbers: An Integration of Research edited by Thomas P. Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, and Thomas A. Romberg (1993). This volume is intended to achieve integration through the inclusion of separate sections containing chapters devoted primarily to one of the four foci (teaching, learning, content analysis, and assessment) and through the integration of all four major perspectives within each of the book's 13 chapters. The combination of chapters clearly covers all four areas, provides an overview, and addresses curriculum and instruction. The relationships among the four areas suggested within this volume often reflect a primary concern with the learning-teaching connection, treating teaching as an act that unites the learner's current cognitive status with widely accepted mathematical truths. Assessment involves attempts of the teacher or others to determine the student's conceptual and procedural understanding of rationalnumber constructs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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