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Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections

Perspective Shifting in Math

Middle school math students develop and present many different approaches to a single set of concepts, creating the potential for greater understanding.

Teachers transform an idea presented by researchers into new approaches to teaching math. While the traditional way of teaching math relies on learning one solution to a particular type of problem, perspective shifting offers many ways of seeing and approaching one problem, as these middle school math students learn. Multiple perspectives create the potential for greater conceptual understanding, increase the likelihood that more students will find a way into a problem, and teach a valuable problem-solving skill.

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Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections


Produced by Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in association with the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard GSE; and the Brain and Creativity Institute and Rossier SOE at the University of Southern California. 2012.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-894-7