Sunday, April 14, 2013

R.L. Moore - Pioneer of Math Education Reform

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “R.L. Moore - Pioneer of Math Education Reform #2” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Contrary to the misrepresentation of the “Moore Method” by direct instructionist Wayne Bishop at I excerpt ten commentaries demonstrating that the Moore Method is, in fact, (a) an example of “math education reform,” and (b) taught by a “guide on the side.” The commentators are:

1. Keith Devlin (1999) in “The Greatest Math Teacher Ever” part 1 at and part 2 at

2. Educational Achievement Foundation’s (2006) “A Quick-Start Guide to the Moore Method” at

3. Paul Halmos in “The Problem of Learning to Teach” (Halmos, Moise, & Piranian, 1975) at

4. F. Burton Jones (1977) in “The Moore method” at

5. Albert C. Lewis (1999) in “Reform and Tradition in Mathematics Education: The Example of R.L. Moore” at

6. G. Edgar Parker (1992) “Getting More from Moore” at

7. The MAA review of The Moore Method: A Pathway to Learner-Centered Instruction [Coppin, Mahavier, May, & G.E. Parker (2009)] at

8. “Discovery Learning Project” at the University of Texas (2013) at

9. Lucille S. Whyburn (1970) “Student oriented teaching-The Moore Method” at

10. David Zitarelli (2004) in “The origin and early impact of the Moore Method” at

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCE [URL shortened by and accessed on 16 April 2013.]

Hake, R.R. 2013. “R.L. Moore - Pioneer of Math Education Reform #2,”online on the OPEN Net-Gold archives at Post of 16 Apr 2013 09:57:44-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post were transmitted to several discussion lists.

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