Open Access Graduate Research Paper
"Virtually all young children like mathematics" (National Research Council, 1989, p.43). They come to school with knowledge assimilated naturally, based upon observations and experience. Unfortunately, instead of taking advantage of those experiences, teachers can close the door on that natural knowledge by teaching a prescribed curriculum based on accuracy, speed, and memory. Traditionally, elementary mathematics classrooms give little attention to thinking and reasoning. It is a common view under this approach, that facts and skills must first be mastered before students can reason about mathematics. The child's view of mathematics can change from enthusiasm to apprehension, from confidence to fear. (National Research Council, 1989) Eventually the students can become convinced that mathematics is only for the smart kids.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Early Childhood Education
Judith M. Finkelstein
Charles R. May
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©1994 Marla K. Wehrle
Wehrle, Marla K., "A problem solving approach in mathematics for second grade children based on cognitive guided instruction" (1994). Graduate Research Papers. 3573.