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Mary K. Landers

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Daytona Beach, Florida

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Socratic questioning is an important tool of the mathematical trade for mathematicians and students alike. Simply turning the crank" is not mathematics. Without the willingness and/or ability for Socratic thought new worlds of mathematics for the future may not be invented nor discovered. Therefore, future students of mathematics need not only be taught to learn from the past but to question toward the future as well. Consequently, the teacher of mathematics must fill a dual role:

a) that of purveyor of facts and methods for the application of those already established structures that comprise mathematical thought and b) that of instructor in detective-ability.

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Is Socrates Dead (in Mathematics)?: The Role of the Mathematics Teacher In Higher Education Now and for the Next Ten Years

Daytona Beach, Florida

Socratic questioning is an important tool of the mathematical trade for mathematicians and students alike. Simply turning the crank" is not mathematics. Without the willingness and/or ability for Socratic thought new worlds of mathematics for the future may not be invented nor discovered. Therefore, future students of mathematics need not only be taught to learn from the past but to question toward the future as well. Consequently, the teacher of mathematics must fill a dual role:

a) that of purveyor of facts and methods for the application of those already established structures that comprise mathematical thought and b) that of instructor in detective-ability.