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Reconstructing School Mathematics: Problems with Problems and the Real World


reviewed by Kanwal Singh — 2003

coverTitle: Reconstructing School Mathematics: Problems with Problems and the Real World
Author(s): Stephen I. Brown
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820451037 , Pages: 271, Year: 2001
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The difficulties of teaching and learning mathematics have been discussed for decades.  Debates over the roles of proofs and problems, real-world applications, and methods of inquiry abound.  At first glance, Stephen I. Brown’s new book Reconstructing School Mathematics:  Problems with Problems and the Real World appears to be part of this literature—specifically, the role of problems and problem solving.  However, the book has a much more ambitious agenda.  Brown tries to convince the reader that examining the difference between problems and problem solving, and the ways in which we define “real world problems” can lead us to profound insights concerning a variety of educational and philosophical issues.  The title suggests that the discussion will center on the role of problems (both posing and solving) in mathematics education.  Instead, the author is interested in exploring mathematics in a “more humanistic light” and argues that this type of approach can not only lead to stronger connections between mathematics and the humanities, but can give us insight into the nature of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 30-32
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10922, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:00:22 AM

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  • Kanwal Singh
    New School University
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    KANWAL SINGH is Director of the Science, Technology and Society program at New School University. Dr. Singh received her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. She works on issues of science/math education and education policy. In the fall of 2002, Dr. Singh will be joining the Physics faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.
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