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Street Mathematics and School Mathematics

Street Mathematics and School Mathematics

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Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

  • Date Published: September 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521388139

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  • People who learn to solve problems 'on the job' often have to do it differently from people who learn in theory. Practical knowledge and theoretical knowledge is different in some ways but similar in other ways - or else one would end up with wrong solutions to the problems. Mathematics is also like this. People who learn to calculate, for example, because they are involved in commerce frequently have a more practical way of doing mathematics than the way we are taught at school. This book is about the differences between what we call practical knowledge of mathematics - that is street mathematics - and mathematics learned in school, which is not learned in practice. The authors look at the differences between these two ways of solving mathematical problems and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. They also discuss ways of trying to put theory and practice together in mathematics teaching.

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    • Date Published: September 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521388139
    • length: 184 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Series foreword
    1. What is street mathematics?
    2. Arithmetic in the streets and in schools
    3. Written and oral arithmetic
    4. Situational representation in oral and written mathematics
    5. Situational and mathematical relations: A study on understanding proportions
    6. Reversibility and transfer in the schema of proportionality
    7. Reflections on street mathematics in hindsight
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Terezinha Nunes, University of London

    David William Carraher, Fundação Universidade de Pernambuco, Brazil

    Analucia Dias Schliemann, Fundação Universidade de Pernambuco, Brazil

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