Center Events: Speaker Series
Magdalene Lampert (University of Michigan)
Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching
October 23, 2001
Lampert, who pioneered the role of scholar-teacher at Michigan State
University, published a book based on her teaching while on the MSU faculty.
In this book, Lampert takes us into her fifth grade math class through the
course of a year, showing how classroom dynamics--the complex relationship
of teacher, student, and content--are critical in the process of bringing
each student to a deeper understanding of mathematics, or any other subject.
She offers valuable insights into students and teaching for all who are
concerned about improving the learning that happens in the classroom.
Lampert considers the teacher’s and students’ work from
many different angles, in views large and small. She analyzes her own
practice in a particular classroom, student by student and moment by moment.
She also investigates the particular kind of teaching that aims at engaging
elementary school students in learning fundamentally important ideas and
skills by working on problems. Finally, she looks at the common problems of
teaching that occur regardless of the individuals, subject matters, or kinds
of practice involved. Lampert arrives at an original model of teaching
practice that casts new light on the complexity in teachers’ work and on the
ways teachers can successfully deal with teaching problems.
Dr. Lampert is currently professor of educational studies,
School of Education, University of Michigan. She will speak about her book
from 4:00 until 5:00 and there will be 30 minutes of open discussion. We
have arranged with the bookstore to have a table with the book available for
purchase at that time, if any members of the audience would like to purchase
it. The book’s title is, Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching (New
Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001).