Designing Learning Environments for Developing Understanding of Geometry and Space

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soning, rather than being merely a two-column ritual, becomes a method of justification and communication.

In the last chapter in this section, Devaney suggests bringing the fields of contemporary mathematical research into middle- and high- school geometry classrooms. Noting the availability of new technologies, he argues that access to such topics as chaos and fractals--when introduced appropriately (e.g., through "The Chaos Game" he describes)--can not only introduce students to a wide range of concepts, but also stimulate, perhaps even excite their interest in mathematics as a whole.

Together, these four chapters attempt to redirect our thinking on geometry education, pointing us in rich directions for enhancing and reforming the teaching and learning of geometry and space.


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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. ( 1991). Professional standards for teaching mathematics. Reston, VA: Author.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. ( 1995). Assessment standards for school mathematics. Reston, VA: Author.

Schoenfeld, A. ( 1988). "When good teaching leads to bad results: The disasters of well taught mathematics courses". In T. E Carpenter & P. L. Peterson (Eds.), Learning from instruction: The study of students' thinking during instruction in mathematics [Special issue]. Educational Psychologist, 23( 2), 145-166.

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