Teaching and Learning of Knot Theory in School Mathematics

Editors: Kawauchi, Akio, Yanagimoto, Tomoko (Eds.)

  • It serves as a comprehensive text for teaching and learning knot theory from elementary school to high school
  • It provides a model for cooperation between mathematicians and mathematics educators based on substantial mathematics
  • It is a thorough introduction to the Japanese art of lesson studies again in the context of substantial mathematics
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​This book is the result of a joint venture between Professor Akio Kawauchi, Osaka City University, well-known for his research in knot theory, and the Osaka study group of mathematics education, founded by Professor Hirokazu Okamori and now chaired by his successor Professor Tomoko Yanagimoto, Osaka Kyoiku University. The seven chapters address the teaching and learning of knot theory from several perspectives. Readers will find an extremely clear and concise introduction to the fundamentals of knot theory, an overview of curricular developments in Japan, and in particular a series of  teaching experiments at all levels which not only demonstrate the creativity and the professional expertise of the members of the study group, but also give a lively impression of students’ learning processes. In addition the reports show that elementary knot theory is not just a preparation for advanced knot theory but also an excellent means to develop spatial thinking. The book can be highly recommended for several reasons: First of all, and that is the main intention of the book, it serves as a comprehensive text for teaching and learning knot theory. Moreover it provides a model for cooperation between mathematicians and mathematics educators based on substantial mathematics. And finally it is a thorough introduction to the Japanese art of lesson studies–again in the context of substantial mathematics.

About the authors

Akio Kawauchi Present Professional Positions: Professor of Osaka City University, Department of Mathematics Academic Degrees: Ph.D./Doctor of Science: Osaka City University (Graduate School, Division of Natural Science, Mathematics) M.A.: Kobe University (Facurity of Science, Department of Mathematics) B.S./A.B.: Sophia University (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Mathematics) Visiting Appointments: Fellowship Researcher of Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, U.S.A. (1978-1980) Academic Honors and Awards: Geometry Prize, the Mathematical Society of Japan (1987) Inoue Prize for Science, Japan (1995) Osaka Science Prize (1996) Website: http://www.sci.osaka-cu.ac.jp/~kawauchi/index.html

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The book is about knot theory in the Japanese school system. It contains seven chapters which map the different viewpoints on the subject. … the book might be interesting for someone with a detailed interest in the situation of the teaching of knot theory in schools in Japan.” (Stephan Rosebrock, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1257, 2013)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • What Is Knot Theory? Why Is It In Mathematics?

    Kawauchi, Akio (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • The Evolution of Mathematics Education-forwarding the research and practice of teaching knot theory in mathematics education-

    Kawauchi, Akio (et al.)

    Pages 17-25

  • The Background of Developing Teaching Contents of Knot Theory

    Kawauchi, Akio (et al.)

    Pages 27-37

  • Education Practice in Elementary School

    Kawauchi, Akio (et al.)

    Pages 39-56

  • Education Practices in Junior High School

    Kawauchi, Akio (et al.)

    Pages 57-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teaching and Learning of Knot Theory in School Mathematics
Editors
  • Akio Kawauchi
  • Tomoko Yanagimoto
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Osaka Municipal Universities Press
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54138-7
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54138-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54137-0
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56120-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 188
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