Teaching Mathematics

  • Michael L. Connell
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 21)

Mathematics education has long experienced a large gap between conceptions regarding mathematics held by practicing mathematicians and the school environment where mathematics is taught. These diverse belief systems have lead to the creation of a dichotomy in which there is the world of “school mathematics” of the teacher and that of the “real mathematics” of the mathematician and scientist. This dichotomy causes severe problems for education as practicing teachers are only aware of school mathematics.

As such, they are only able to teach from this perspective. Yet, to be adequately prepared for the demands of the evolving society, there must be a significant change in the view of “School” mathematics to enable an induction into “Real” mathematics as envisioned and practiced by mathematicians and scientists. This is an induction which cannot occur without an active and willing participation of the teachers themselves.


Mathematics Instruction Mathematics Teacher School Mathematics Teacher Candidate Real Mathematics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Connell
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  1. 1.Department of Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of HoustonHouston77204

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