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Bold Ventures: Case Studies of U.S. Innovations in by Senta A. Raizen (auth.), Senta A. Raizen, Edward D. Britton

By Senta A. Raizen (auth.), Senta A. Raizen, Edward D. Britton (eds.)

This booklet offers entire effects from case reviews of 3 ideas in arithmetic schooling that experience a lot to supply towards figuring out present reforms during this box. every one bankruptcy tells the tale of a case in wealthy element, with extensi ve documentation, and within the voices of the various participants-the innovators, the lecturers, the scholars. equally, quantity 2 of daring Ventures preĀ­ sents the consequences from case reviews of 5 suggestions in technological know-how schooling. quantity 1 offers a cross-case research of all 8 ideas. Many U.S. readers definitely might be very conversant in the identify of no less than if no longer all the arithmetic ideas mentioned during this volume-for one instance, the NCTM Standards-and most likely with their common substance. a lot of the schooling community's familiarity with those" arises from the professionalĀ­ jects' personal dissemination efforts. The examine stated during this quantity, besides the fact that, is without doubt one of the few specified reviews of those options undertaken via researchers outdoors the tasks themselves.

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The importance of criteria for evaluating the success of programs and curricula was a central theme in IIAC as well. Accountability of Textbook Writers. The accountability of textbook writers and others who developed materials for mathematics education was a central issue for IIAC during this period. Committee member Donald Chambers recalled the circumstances: There was talk about something comparable to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. We would have standards that could be applied to textbooks [and] to tests.

One important stimulus for the notion of standards came through the committee structure of NCTM. As Past President John Dossey reported it: The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) received a request from one of the affiliated groups to censure the Saxon books on the basis of an article that was published in the Phi Delta Kappan (Saxon, 1982). RAC members felt that it was inappropriate for professional groups to censure material, especially in the absence of an agreed-upon set of standards. Rather, professional groups should take the leadership in promUlgating the beliefs of the profession.

Only a few of the writers mentioned these works or related research, but the leadership was clearly influenced by them, and saw them as compatible and supportive. Tom Romberg noted: Bold Ventures: Case Studies in Mathematics Education 41 There was a sense [in the writing groups] that kids ought to experience mathematics-that they're reinventing some of the important ideas. Then teachers negotiate with them the language in terms of signs and symbols that we commonly use. Romberg's comments indicate the influence of international researchers such as Vergnaud (1982) of France, especially his work on cognitive structures and multiplicative conceptual fields, and de Lange (1987) of the Netherlands, with his curriculum development emphasis on "realistic mathematics education" in the middle school.

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