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Educating the Whole Child for the Whole WorldThe Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era$
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Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741405

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741405.001.0001

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The Trouble with Math

The Trouble with Math

Chapter:
(p.125) 9 The Trouble with Math
Source:
Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World
Author(s):

Ralph Abraham

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814741405.003.0010

This chapter disagrees with how math is being taught today, addresses the development of a now pervasive “math anxiety,” and aims to devise an approach to teaching math that seeks to avoid it. Introducing mathematical concepts according to their actual historical sequencing eliminates some of the main factors that contribute to math anxiety. The chapter provides a rough draft of pioneering ideas about how to teach math-ideas that changed hundreds of Ross School students' perceptions of and experiences with math. The proposed program relies on the synergistic operation of several features: integration of mathematics with other disciplines; adherence to a curricular sequence based on the historical order of the field's evolution and recruitment of multiple modes of representation.

Keywords:   math, math anxiety, mathematical concepts, Ross School, interdisciplinary studies

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