kitchen table math, the sequel: I'll take a piece of that action

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I'll take a piece of that action

…it is possible for students to construct for themselves the mathematical practices that, historically, took several thousand years to evolve…

source: A Constructivist Alternative to the Representational View of Mind in Mathematics Education Author(s): Paul Cobb, Erna Yackel, Terry Wood Source: Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jan., 1992), pp. 2-33; p. 28.

I've posted this line before, but had always drawn it from secondary sources. So I had wondered whether perhaps the authors had been misquoted.


This is the precise claim Cobb, Yackel, and Wood are making. In these exact words.


Anonymous said...

Because ed school teachers are so much better than Aristotle and Apollonius and Newton and the rest of those hoi polloi math folks--they know how to fold several thousand years of discovery learning into grammar school!

but even their editors didnt' catch it. because they all REALLY DO BELIEVE they can manipulate reality ANY WAY THEY WANT.

K9Sasha said...

That comment literally took my breath away! Unbelievable!!!