Thursday, June 10, 2004

Sources of Information about Promising and Exemplary Programs and Materials for Elementary School Mathematics

Sources of Information about Promising and Exemplary Programs and Materials for Elementary School Mathematics. If you are doing research, here are some good places to look.

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Many school staff and their client communities are concerned about pupil achievement, skills, and attitudes related to mathematics. To respond to these concerns, staff need to determine how they can improve their mathematics programs by modifying the content and skills emphasized in the curriculum, changing or supplementing instructional materials, and changing instructional approaches, and changing the use of technology.

WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS PROGRAM?

There are several publications available to use to determine what a mathematics program should include. Several states including Florida, California, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin have produced state guides or frameworks suggesting what should be included in a good elementary school mathematics program. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has developed Curriculum and Evaluation Standards (1989) that reflect a vision of what a mathematics program should be. Suggestions for implementing the standards are included.

In addition to the state and national frameworks and standards, several of the curriculum development projects, such as the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, have developed frameworks and descriptions of their programs that can serve as sources of ideas.

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