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The Hungarian Approach and How It Fits the American Educational Landscape

View more from: On Teaching and Learning Mathematics , 2015

By Ryota Matsuura, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at St. Olaf College and North American Director of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education.

"In the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching, a strong and explicit emphasis is placed on problem solving, mathematical creativity, and communication. Students learn concepts by working on problems with complexity and structure that promote perseverance and deep reflection. These mathematically meaningful problems emphasize procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, logical thinking, and connections between various topics...

Another hallmark of the Hungarian approach is the classwide discussion of approaches to problems...

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