Self-Regulation of Mathematical Knowledge and Skills

Authored by: Erik De Corte , Lucia Mason , Fien Depaepe , Lieven Verschaffel

Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415871112
eBook ISBN: 9780203839010
Adobe ISBN: 9781136881664


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Mathematics education has been an issue of sometimes hot debate over the past decade. In fact, these debates have become heated that they have been characterized as the “math wars” (Kelly, 2008). The disputes related to the objectives as well as to the approach to teaching and learning mathematics. Somewhat simplified, the discussion about objectives can be summarized as aiming for routine mastery of number facts and procedural skills versus the acquisition of deep understanding of “big ideas” and mathematical modeling and problem-solving skills. With respect to teaching and learning, the debate focused on direct instruction versus a (socio-) constructivist approach.

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