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The Glass Wall: Why Mathematics Can Seem Difficult

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What makes mathematics understandable?What makes mathematics confusing?

Could something be wrong with the way mathematics is taught?

Following his years of studying human intellectual accomplishments such as language, reading, writing, thinking, and learning, Frank Smith now turns his critical lens on the teaching and learning of mathematics. In The Glass Wall, Smith helps u...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published July 28th 2002 by Teachers College Press (first published July 2002)
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Trevor
Last year I did an elective in literacy and numeracy that I found breathtakingly interesting. To be honest, I had thought I would get much more out of the literacy half of the course and would more or less sleep though the numeracy section. Most other ‘numeracy’ subjects I have done in the past have tended to be about teaching people how to make estimates that are better than ‘wild guesses’ or to find ways to figure out how many basketballs might fit in a classroom. I don’t believe all study sho...more
Greg
This is my first go-around with works by Frank Smith, but I'm encouraged to try some of his other books as well. I'm an educator with a daughter who has math anxieties and what her school is potentially labeling "deficiency." I was hoping to change this with her and find some strategies in this book. Smith does not really give any strategies or concrete advice to help those who have difficulty with math, which is a bit disappointing, but the book is still packed with thought-provoking ways to ap...more
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Frank Smith is a contemporary psycholinguist recognized for his contributions in linguistics and cognitive psychology, both nationally and internationally, over the past 35 years. He is regarded as an essential contributor to research on the nature of the reading process together with researchers such as George Armitage Miller, Kenneth S. Goodman (see Ken Goodman), Paul A. Kolers, Jane W. Torrey,...more
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