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Departmental Notes: Mathematics


by David Eugene Smith - 1902

The professional work in the Department of Mathematics during the first semester has been confined to the course in Education 23, on the Theory and Practice of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools, and to the course in History of Mathematics. The course in Education 23 has included two lectures each week, with thirty hours of practical work in the Horace Mann School. The class has taken up by means of discussions and papers, as well as through lectures, the consideration of the general objects to be obtained in the teaching of mathematics is the high schools, the typical courses of study in this and other countries, and the bibliography of the subject, devoting the first semester largely to a discussion of the subject of algebra. In particular, such modern features of the science as are set forth in the works of Bourlet, Pincherle, Petersen, and the writers of the modern German School have been brought before the class by means of lectures and discussions. The practice teaching has not been confined to the Horace Mann School. Model lessons have been given in the class by the various members. In order, however, that these lessons should be examples of real teaching, the subjects taught have been those with which the class as a whole was not familiar. These lessons have been preceded by written plans, which have been criticised by the instructor, and they have been followed by criticism in which the class has been allowed to take part.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 3 Number 1, 1902, p. 44-45
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9744, Date Accessed: 10/22/2019 1:42:35 PM

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