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History of Mathematics as a Tool for Teaching Mathematics for Understanding

Carlos E. Vasco

in Software Goes to School

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780195115772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115772.003.0004
History of Mathematics as a Tool for Teaching Mathematics for Understanding

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The chapter dissects the role of the history of mathematics to the process of passing on and understanding of the discipline, especially to the young generation. It is argued that modifications in teaching mathematics rooted from a rational ordering rather than a historical chronology. Scholars who believe that the field came from historical sequence are subject to its limited and futuristic structure, while academic professionals who advocate the other encounter credibility issues. To bring together the different strengths and weakness of the two perspectives, the author incorporates each to the sample problems from arithmetic, algebra and geometry; and reflects on how an individual might benefit on the positive aspects of both fields. Findings of the said study are expected to contribute to the revision and the formulation of an effective and a more comprehensive curriculum in mathematics.

Keywords: mathematics; teaching; arithmetic; algebra; geometry

Chapter.  6332 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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