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A Visit With Leslie P. Steffe, PhD

Thank you, Dr. Steffe, for your volume of work, and for encouraging us to further its use!

Les SteffeDr. Steffe joined the Mathematics Education Department at the University of Georgia in 1967. He and Ernst von Glasersfeld mounted the constructivist research program, known as Interdisciplinary Research on Number [IRON], to counter the regressive behaviorism of the 1970’s that followed the era of Modern Mathematics. IRON launched the constructivist movement of the 1980’s and 1990’s with its emphasis on students’ mathematical thinking and learning and mathematical communication. Dr. Steffe continues to work with researchers who participate in an expanded and progressive constructivist research program in order to maintain it as a major force in mathematics education as well as a counter force to the neo-behaviorism of outcome-based education.

The AIMS Center was pleased to have Dr. Steffe in residence for two days this past October. He guided and encouraged us in our work of translating his research findings for classroom use.

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AIMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting teachers to facilitate the development of a robust mathematical and/or scientific knowledge within their students.

Most Recent Blog Post

Composite Units in Learning Math

The term composite unit is important in understanding how children come to know math. When a student builds math concepts with a composite unit as part of the foundation, there is a real perceivable difference in what the student can do compared to students who learn math simply as a set of procedures. One of the early uses of composite units for students is in doing addition and subtraction. Give a student the basic problem: ...
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Most Recent ZPC Podcast

Episode 41 | The Stories of AIMS – Beverly Ford

Beverly Ford, updates us on the progress she and the other members of her team are observing in their work within a particular school setting. She tells a few stories related to how her students are demonstrating various stages of learning. Bev expands on some of the things her partner, David Pearce, discussed in last week’s podcast. This team was focusing on the stage in a child’s development that focuses upon the connection between subtractive and additive behaviors.

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