Review of the Books Some Applications of Geometric Thinking and Moving Things Around

Full Description: 

Published in The College Mathematics Journal, this review by Thomas Dick of Oregon State University has high praise for the books Some Applications of Geometric Thinking and Moving Things Around co-authored by Bowen Kerins, Darryl Yong, Al Cuoco, Glenn Stevens, and Mary Pilgrim. Published by the American Mathematical Society and written by EDC mathematics education experts and colleagues, these two books are part of a series, IAS/PCMI-The Teacher Program Series, that is designed to deepen the mathematical understanding of mathematics teachers through a problem-based approach to learning. Noting that, "These books are simply exemplary resources for offering problem-based mathematics courses for middle and high school teachers," Thomas Dick provides a thorough description of what makes these books such unique and valuable contributions to the field of mathematics education. An emphasis on the process of problem solving, and not just the result of problem solving, is key: "The opening remarks before the first problem set in each of the IAS/PCMI volumes includes this suggestion to students: 'Stop and smell the roses. Getting the correct answer is not the be-all and end-all in this course. How does the question relate to others you have encountered? How do others think about this question?' Thomas Dick concludes his review with the reflection, "Oh, that's so cool!" is easily the most overheard statement from students working in groups on the IAS/PCMI problems..."

Author(s): 

Bowen Kerins, Darryl Yong, Al Cuoco, Glenn Stevens, Mary Pilgrim

Publication Date: 

03/24/2017

Length: 

7 pp.
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