03/25/04 MATHEMATICS
DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

MATH
COLLOQUIUM, THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 11:00 AM, STARR 138

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** INVITED **Glenda Lappan,

** SPEAKER: **Professor, Department of
Mathematics, Michigan State University

**TITLE: ***The Challenge of Teaching Mathematics
so that *

*Students Learn to Think Mathematically*

**Abstract:**

*There are different stances (theories) of how students should
learn *

*mathematics and of how mathematics should be taught. A teacher's *

*stance toward learning and toward instruction has consequences for
*

*students. We can examine these by looking at what opportunities to
*

*think mathematically are afforded to students in different kinds
of *

*tasks. Examination of tasks posed and the expectations of teachers
as *

*inferred from these tasks will be used to illustrate ideas about
what *

*our mathematics curriculum might include for students if we value *

*thinking, justification, and reasoning in mathematics.*

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**REFRESHMENTS: **11:00
AM, STARR 138

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