Virginia Mathematics Teacher
There are at least eight known approaches for teaching mathematics that have been described in the literature. These include the Integrated Environmentalist, Formative, Social-Constructivist, Structuralist, New Maths, Problem Solving, Cultural, and Behaviorist approaches (Neyland, 1995). This paper presents some examples for teaching mathematics using the Integrated-Environmentalist approach, which is based on the assumption that the content knowledge in mathematics cannot be separated from the meaningful context from which it is taken, and in which it can be explained. In this approach for teaching mathematics the environment is used as the main source of mathematical meaning, stimulation to do creative work in mathematics, and is the base for the abstraction process.
Original Publication Citation
Adam, J. A. (2019). Linear difference equations: Integrated- environmentalist approach for teaching mathematics. Virginia Mathematics Teacher, 46(1), 13-17. http://www.vctm.org/VOL-462
Adam, John A., "Linear Difference Equations: Integrated- Environmentalist Approach For Teaching Mathematics" (2019). Mathematics & Statistics Faculty Publications. 175.
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