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A Serious Problem Situation with Math Word Problems

This is my third IAE Blog entry addressing what I consider to be a serious weakness in our math educational system. The problem situation is that many teachers and students think that the educational goal in math word problems is to learn to “get the answer.”

This is in marked contrast to having a goal of using word problems as a vehicle to learning math with understanding and in a manner that transfers to math-related problem situations one will encounter in the future.

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Teaching Teachers and Students Via Training and Education

As a child I learned about training in the context of training factory workers and other people to do particular jobs, and I learned about education as broad preparation to deal with a wide range of different situations at a “higher, professional” level. My mental picture was one of training having immediate, specific utility, and of education being more general and more future oriented.

I encountered training versus education when I taught numerical analysis to undergraduate engineering majors. Many wanted to be trained, rather than educated. I next encountered training versus education when I became the first head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Oregon. It seemed to me that many of our students wanted training in various computer programming languages rather than education in Computer and Information Science. In the latter, the emphasis is on posing, representing, and solving problems, and on the underlying theory (science).

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An Intact Human Brain Is Naturally Curious and Creative

Quoting from http://www.csun.edu/~vcpsy00h/creativity/define.htm:

Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.

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All Educators Are Engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

SoTL is used to represent both the Science of Teaching and Learning and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Neither of these terms is very old, but Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is the newer.

As you read this IAE Blog entry, reflect on the relationships between SoTL and Action Research. To me, they seem closely related. Quoting from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_research:

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Presenting Statistical Data in a Meaningful, Dynamic, and Colorful Manner

I want to thank my good friend Johnnie Mullin for pointing me to the website:

Rosling, Hans (2010). Two-hundred countries, 200 years, 4 minutes. Retrieved 12/23/2010 from http://www.flixxy.com/200-countries-200-years-4-minutes.htm.

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