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|Albert Bradley Bennett
Jr. was born in Camden
Maine in 1932. He attended Maine Maritime Academy and a year after graduation returned there to teach. He then attended the University of Maine at Orono and received a Masters Degree in Mathematics. While there he was strongly influenced by the writing and teaching of mathematics-historian Professor Howard Eves.
|Decimal Squares Workshop|
After graduating from the University of Maine he became a writer for a two-year experimental television program sponsored by the Maine State Department of Education. Next he taught mathematics at Gorham State College and became active in the summer mathematics institutes that were sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England. An early bias that was reflected in his teaching of these institutes was the need to encourage intuition in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
In 1963 he was invited by Professor Charles Brumfiel to attend a National Science Foundation institute at the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate in mathematics from this university in 1966.
In 1967 he joined the mathematics faculty at the University of New Hampshire to teach mathematics to prospective teachers. In the following years he and his wife Jane raised three boys in the university town of Durham.
|The lecture approach was the predominate method of college teaching in the 1960s
although there was widespread dissatisfaction with this method of preparing teachers. In 1968 Professor Bennett organized a mathematics lab at the University of New Hampshire and started writing laboratory activities for teachers. In the next few years his efforts led to the publication of Fraction Bars
and articles and textbooks for elementary and middle school teachers. In 1975 he and Ted Nelson wrote mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Conceptual Approach and its companion volume
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: An Activity Approach. All of these publications support methods of using models and concrete materials in the teaching of mathematics.
|Bennett/Nelson activity book|
|In addition to teaching at the University of New Hampshire since 1983 Professor Bennett has worked part time for the Math Learning Center in Oregon with Gene Maier and L. Ted Nelson as an author of Math and the Mind's Eye and with Linda Foreman in writing the Mathematics Alive text materials. In recent years he has been a mathematics consultant for the development of the Bridges K-3 curriculum materials for the Math Learning Center.|
|Math Mind's Eye Unit IV||Math Mind's Eye Unit VII||Math Alive Course III|
Vitae and Publications
Business Address: Dept. of Mathematics
University of New Hampshire
NH 03824 (603) 862-2681
Maine State Department of Education
Assistant Mathematics Television Teacher
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