Teaching Problem Solving and Technical Mathematics Through Cognitive Apprenticeship at the Community College Level

S. D. Johnson, R. M. Fischbach

This paper describes and evaluates an instructional method called cognitive apprenticeship. An experiment compared the effectiveness of the cognitive apprenticeship approach to the traditional approach of teaching technical mathematics at the community college level. Students in the cognitive apprenticeship classes performed as well as those in traditional classrooms. Recommendations for implementation of this approach and for future research are provided.

MDS-468 / December 1992

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