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WRITING IN THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MATHEMATICS

WRITING IN THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MATHEMATICS

WRITING IN THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MATHEMATICS

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Writing in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics by John Meier & Thomas Rishel

Although the book is written in an enjoyable informal tone, it is nonetheless quite cerebral crisp and practical. The authors present tools, techniques, and advice that allow mathematics instructors to interact with students at a level that is not possible by using traditional methods; at the same time they recognize that the needs of the class must be responded to meaningfully. --AAAS, Science Books and Films

Writing in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics discusses both how to create effective writing assignments for mathematics classes, and why instructors ought to consider using such assignments. The book is more than just a user's manual for what some have termed "writing to learn mathematics"; it is an argument for engaging students in a dialogue about the mathematics they are trying to learn. The first section contains chapters addressing the nuts and bolts of how to design, assign, and calculate writing assignments. The second section, Listening to Others, introduces ideas such as audience, narrative, prewriting and process writing which our colleagues in writing departments have found useful. Specific examples illustrate how these are important for writing in mathematics classes. After discussing Major Projects, the text concludes with Narrating Mathematics, a section making explicit what is implicit in the rest of the text: writing, speaking and thinking are all intertwined.

  • Brand name: MAA
  • Authors John Meier and Thomas Rishel
  • ISBN:9780883851586
  • 128 pp.
  • Paperback
  • 1998
  • Series: MAA Notes
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