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Reblogged from “Research in Practice”

Research in Practice

Last week I promised I’d write about something worthwhile this time, so as promised: one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever read. This piece is not typically seen as “math education research,” but I think it’s of vital importance for us.

Clever Hans

You don’t have to read the whole original book by Oskar Pfungst; there are plenty of good summaries of the research online (for instance here and here). This amazing story gets talked about in comparative psychology but I think it has special significance – often missed – for math educators.

Take-home lesson: never underestimate your ability to fool yourself into believing your students understand something when really what they are doing is watching you. To force them to engage the material it is often necessary to restrict their access to you or systematically confound the signals they get from you.

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Author: Math Education Concepts

I am a Co-founder of and Program Coordinator for Math Corps Philadelphia, a combined academic enrichment and mentoring program. I am the author of "Teacher Training Manual: Designed for Secondary Mathematics Teachers of African American Urban Students." I hold a Master of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics and have several years of experience teaching secondary and post-secondary mathematics.

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