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A Handbook for Math Tutors and Tutees

In a previous web site recommendation (repeated for this week), I mentioned the valuable contributions of Dave Moursund (Oregon) to both mathematics and computer science education. Please check out his resources, as he has added considerable information and resources.

Recently, Bob Albrecht and Dave have just finished writing a book, which is being made available as a free PDF download from the Web.

The key information: Moursund, David and Albrecht, Robert (9/2/2011). Becoming a better math tutor. Available from Dave's Information Age Education website, the book involves a 16-megabyte PDF file, so it may be slow to download.

This focus of the 145-page book is math tutoring. It is designed to help math tutors and tutees get better at their respective and mutual tasks. (Note: It is viewed as a two-way street or commitment.)

According to Dave, "Tutoring is a powerful aid to learning. Much of the power comes from the interaction between tutor and tutee. This interaction allows the tutor to adjust the content and nature of the instruction to specifically meet the needs of the tutee. It allows ongoing active participation of the tutee."

The book is offered to a wide "intended" audience: volunteer and paid tutors, preservice and inservice teachers, parents and other child caregivers, students who help other students (peer tutors), and developers of tutorial software and other materials.

Also, the book has two appendices. The first is for tutees, and it has a 6th grade readability level. The other is for parents, and it provides an overview of tutoring and how they can help their children who are being tutored.

An extensive References section contains links to additional resources.

To view the Table of Contents, Preface, and the first two chapters, and one Appendix, go to Sample. This will help you decide about down-loading the entire book.

Dave encourages you to freely distribute copies of the book to anyone who would benefit from it. The authors claim they would be happy to see hundreds of thousands of copies distributed.

Note: The book is Copyright David Moursund and Robert Albrecht, 2011. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.