Critical issues in the design of the school geometry curriculum

Jones, Keith (2000) Critical issues in the design of the school geometry curriculum. In, Readings in Mathematics Education. Auckland, NZ, University of Auckland, 75-90.


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The fundamental problem in the design of the geometry component of the mathematics curriculum is simply that there is too much interesting geometry, more than can be reasonably included in the mathematics curriculum. The question that taxes curriculum designer is what to include and what to omit. This paper does not seek to resolve the disagreements over the geometry curriculum as, given the nature of the problem, such an endeavour is unlikely to be successful. Rather, the aim is to identifying and review critical issues concerning the design of the geometry curriculum. These issues include the nature of geometry, the aims of geometry teaching, how geometry is learnt, the relative merits of different approaches to geometry, and what aspects of proof and proving to accentuate.

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Additional Information: This chapter is an extended version, produced especially for this volume, of an invited paper presented to the Topic Group on ‘Teaching and Learning of Geometry: the future has old roots’ at the 9th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Tokyo, Japan, August 2000.
Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning, intuition, geometry, intuitive, drawing, measurement, imagining, manipulating, figures, mathematics, geometric, geometrical, textbook, deductive reasoning, proof, school
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics, Science & Health Education (MSHE)
ePrint ID: 14685
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Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:27

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