The Learning And Teaching Of Calculus by Patrick ThompsonThe Learning And Teaching Of Calculus by Patrick Thompson

The Learning And Teaching Of Calculus

byPatrick Thompson, Guershon Harel, Mike Thomas

Hardcover | February 26, 2019

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The Teaching and Learning of Calculusoffers a fresh perspective on the challenges and difficulties of effectively engaging students. The authors argue convincingly that many of the difficulties in learning calculus result from ways students understand, or fail to understand, fundamental mathematical concepts in primary and early secondary school and offer alternative ways of understanding and thinking about early mathematics concepts that have natural extensions to learning calculus.

Areas covered include:-

  • What is calculus?
  • Foundational mathematical understandings
  • Concepts of calculus, including limits and approximations, rate of change and accumulation
  • Integration and implicit differentiation
  • Teaching, learning and curriculum

Throughout the text the authors show that teaching often fails because many calculus concepts are taught in a way that makes it difficult for students to connect ideas that they study in calculus with ideas that they already have'thus leading students to lean on memorization as a way to cope with instruction that makes little sense to them.

This important book proposes new ways of thinking about the ideas of calculus that will guide maths researchers, teachers and teacher educators in rethinking maths instruction.

The authors conclude by describing the ways in which many current practices in calculus curriculum and instruction are anathemas to high quality learning. They argue for a particular style of integrated active intellectual engagement that students must experience and important conceptual ideas with which students must engage if they are to build coherent, long lasting understandings of calculus that will support using it in other disciplines and supply a base for future mathematical learning.


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Patrick Thompson is Professor of Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. He is current editor of the journal Research in Mathematics Education and a former associate editor of Cognition and Instruction. Guershon Harel is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of California at San Diego, but studied for his Ma...
Title:The Learning And Teaching Of CalculusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415831067

ISBN - 13:9780415831062

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Table of Contents

1. WhatDidacticsis and why it is important; 2. What is calculus?; 3. Foundational mathematical understandings and ways of thinking for the calculus (understandings students should have to study calculus); 4. Limits and Approximations; 5. Rate of Change, Accumulation, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; 6. Chain rule and Implicit Differentiation; 7. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus revisited; 8. Integration and the concept of differential; 9. A Foundation for Advanced Mathematical Topics; 10. Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum