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Erchick, Diana B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2002

Introduces The Square Thing, a lesson that engages and invites student development of problem solving and reasoning skills, understanding through connections within the content, and mathematics voice. Describes components for successful pedagogy and benefits for students experiencing this and similar mathematics pedagogies. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Analytic Geometry, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

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Oliver, J. Steve; Nichols, B. Kim – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Describes various philosophical positions on the teaching of the scientific method in the middle years of the 20th century by examining articles published in this journal. Concludes that there is still no agreement on a definition of the scientific method or the best way to teach it. (MM)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education History, Science Instruction, Scientific Methodology

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Oliver, J. Steve; Nichols, B. Kim – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Describes and reviews the book "The Educational Concepts of Secondary School Science Teachers" by Paul Hurd. (MM)

Descriptors: Book Reviews, Concept Formation, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Science Education

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Tracy, Dyanne M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Presents an activity in which students work in cooperative groups and roll balls down inclined planes, collect data with the help of an electronic motion detector, and represent data with a graphing calculator to explore concepts such as mass, gravity, velocity, and acceleration. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Acceleration (Physics), Graphing Calculators, Gravity (Physics), Mechanics (Physics)

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Keller, Brian A.; Hart, Eric W.; Martin, W. Gary – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Describes electronic resources designed to illuminate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics". Provides a vehicle for further discussion of the vision put forth in the Standards. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Media, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education

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Harris, Kimberly; Marcus, Robin; McLaren, Karen; Fey, James – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Discusses the implications of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards for mathematics curricula and instruction and provides three examples of lessons from problem-based curricula for various grades. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction, National Standards, Problem Based Learning

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Stallings, Lynn – School Science and Mathematics, 2000

Traces three major stages in the development of algebraic notation: (1) rhetorical or prose; (2) syncopated; and (3) symbolic. Illustrates the development of a standardized, efficient symbol system by tracing the evolution of some common symbols, including the symbols for equals, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. (Author/WRM)

Descriptors: Algebra, Higher Education, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Vocabulary

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Pickreign, Jamar; Capps, Lelon R. – School Science and Mathematics, 2000

Examines geometry language used in K-6 textbooks and compares the findings to language used in modern mathematics standards documents. Finds a substantial misalignment between the geometry presented in textbooks, the geometry teaching expectations of mathematics education professionals, and the geometry being assessed in student performance…

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Elementary Education, Geometric Concepts, Geometry

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Tracy, Dyanne M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2000

Describes a lesson that provides an opportunity for students to obtain the equation for a line describing data they have collected, use the equation they have derived to set up an Egg Bungee Jump, and relate the numbers in the equation to the physical properties of the bungee jump. (WRM)

Descriptors: Hands on Science, Inquiry, Integrated Activities, Mathematical Concepts

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Dubinsky, Ed – School Science and Mathematics, 2000

Discusses the level of knowledge, understanding, and ability relative to mathematics for the college graduate in the 21st century. Focuses on mathematical literacy and abstraction such as the definition of abstraction, difficulties in addressing abstraction, and one approach to helping students learn to address abstraction. (Contains 12…

Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Tracy, Myanne M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2000

Presents a lesson on the scale of the solar system that focuses on measurement, exponential notation, proportionality, and ratios. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculators, Educational Technology, Integrated Activities, Lesson Plans

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Meyer, Ruth A.; Riley, James E. – School Science and Mathematics, 1984

Imaginative ways of using calculators to explore decimal fractions with secondary school and some middle school students are given. Four explorations on terminating and repeating decimals, the length of periods, and relationships are described. An appendix presents mathematical proofs. (MNS)

Descriptors: Calculators, Decimal Fractions, Learning Activities, Mathematics

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Kelly, Ivan W.; Bany, Bruce – School Science and Mathematics, 1984

A random arrangement of two contrasting colors in a 20x20 array is used to facilitate students' understanding of the notions of randomness, independence, and long-run frequency. It can also be used to test some prevalent errors in probabilistic reasoning. Three activities are described. (MNS)

Descriptors: Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Middle Schools

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Cohen, Herbert; Staley, Frederick – School Science and Mathematics, 1982

The view presented is that many elementary teachers do not understand the nature of science, how the skills are useful in everyday life, and of how science content is involved in many human endeavors. Integrating science with other disciplines is thought to have potential for improving the quality and quantity of science instruction. (MP)

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science

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Smart, James R. – School Science and Mathematics, 1982

The focus is on suggestions, with examples, for teaching estimation skills. Estimating can be a very enjoyable as well as a very useful part of mathematics, helping to improve attitudes of pupils toward the subject by providing success. Estimation is shown not to be synonymous with mental arithmetic. (MP)

Descriptors: Basic Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Estimation (Mathematics), Instruction