How the Brain Learns Mathematics

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SAGE Publications, 2008 - Education - 244 pages
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Learn how the brain processes mathematical concepts and why some students develop math anxiety!

David A. Sousa discusses the cognitive mechanisms for learning mathematics and the environmental and developmental factors that contribute to mathematics difficulties. This award-winning text examines:

  • Children’s innate number sense and how the brain develops an understanding of number relationships
  • Rationales for modifying lessons to meet the developmental learning stages of young children, preadolescents, and adolescents
  • How to plan lessons in PreK–12 mathematics
  • Implications of current research for planning mathematics lessons, including discoveries about memory systems and lesson timing
  • Methods to help elementary and secondary school teachers detect mathematics difficulties
  • Clear connections to the NCTM standards and curriculum focal points

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David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research.

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