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Math, technology, integration and memorization

1. Provide new insights on the learner influences such as gender considerations, students with special needs, and English language learners on mathematics education.

2. What do you think of the current recommendations related to technology, for example, encouraging the use of calculators and other forms of technology and allowing calculator use in some tests?

3. How is mathâ??s integration with other school subjects and integration with real world setting fits with the process standards of NCTMâ??s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics?

4. Math has been criticized for the emphasis on memorization of basic facts, rules, and principles. Today, more emphasis is being placed on reasoning and other higher order thinking skills such as application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Can these reasoning and proof really work in a classroom?

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1. Provide new insights on the learner influences such as gender considerations, students with special needs, and English language learners on mathematics education.
I doubt there are many "new" insights, but: Mathematics education, while based on numbers, nevertheless uses words to describe these numbers and mathematical operations. To perform mathematical functions and solve problems, students still have to be able to read and process cognitive information. Learning disabilities interfere with the processing of information whether that information is numerical or text based. This might account for the usual extra difficulty many students have with math's word problems. English-as-a-second-language learners would understandably have difficulty with Math's specialized vocabulary, especially at first. Gender considerations is another issue, and even the experts differ in their opinions why this gender difference appears to exist, and what causes it. Many think it is a physiological phenomenon, and many think that it is a cultural-social conditioning sort of problem. Whatever causes it, males, in much larger percentages than ...

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Math and special popluation insights, math and memorization versus inquiry learning, Math and technology (calculators), and integration of math with other subjects

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