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Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching


reviewed by Cindy Hmelo-Silver — 2003

coverTitle: Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching
Author(s): Magdalene Lampert
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300089732, Pages: 352, Year: 2001
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Teaching is a dynamic and complex cognitive and social activity.  Even more so when teaching by having students learn through solving problems. Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching by Magdalene Lampert addresses this complexity and the problems that a teacher faces in dealing with what occurs in such a classroom.  Her goal in this book is to inform debates about how to improve teaching through an adequate understanding of the problems of practice (Bereiter & Scardamalia, 1989) . She accomplished this by making the problems of practice explicit. In this book, Lampert brings the reader into her thinking as she embraces the problems and complexities of practice head-on.  This book reports on Lampert’s reflective analysis of her teaching over the course of a year through analyses of classroom transcripts, student artifacts, and her teaching journals.   The book starts out by explaining the rationale for using problems with teaching—an approach consistent with current reforms in mathematics education. Her goal for the students is to help them learn... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 178-182
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10908, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:53:28 AM

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  • Cindy Hmelo-Silver
    Rutgers University
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    Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Education, Department of Educational Psychology. Her area of interest is cognition and instruction, in particular, understanding how people learn through problem-solving. Her recent research has involved analysis of facilitation strategies in problem-based learning tutorials and technology-supported problem-based learning. Some of her recent publications include: Hmelo-Silver, C.E., Nagarajan, A., and Day, R.S. "It's harder than we thought it would be: A comparative case study of expert-novice experimentation strategies in Science Education" in Science Education, 86, 219-243; and Hmelo-Silver, C.E. "Facilitating Collaborative Ways of Knowing" in G. Stahl (Ed.) Proceedings CSCL (2002).
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