Looking at the literature

Having reviewed your current practice through Brookfield’s first three lenses we now begin to look at alternatives ways of teaching mathematics and in particular the Japanese approach to teaching through problem solving.

This involves quite a lot of reading.

In this patch, you should first summarise Stigler and Hiebert’s assertion that teaching is a cultural activity. You should then outline the differences between the Japanese approach to teaching mathematics through problem solving and your own approach.

It will help you too understand the Japanese approach if you watch the video, “Do I have a window seat or an aisle seat?”

This patch should not exceed 500 words.

Recommended Reading

Teaching is a Cultural Activity (Stigler & Hiebert, 1998)

Using Japanese Lesson Study in Teaching Mathematics (Tall, 2008)

APEC guide for Planning and Analysing Mathematics Lessons

Recommended Watching

“Do I have a window seat or an aisle seat?”