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ERIC Number: ED017458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 381
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A MODERN MATHEMATICS PROGRAM AS IT PERTAINS TO THE INTERRELATIONSHIP OF MATHEMATICAL CONTENT, TEACHING METHODS AND CLASSROOM ATMOSPHERE, THE MADISON PROJECT.
DAVIS, ROBERT B.
THE "DEMONSTRATION PROJECT" DESCRIBED IN THIS REPORT REPRESENTED A MAJOR PART OF THE ACTIVITY OF THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY-WEBSTER COLLEGE "MADISON PROJECT," BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER, 1961, AND EXTENDING THROUGH THE SUMMER OF 1967. THE GOALS AS CONCEIVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THIS PROJECT WERE (1) TO CREATE EXPERIENCES IN MATHEMATICS WHICH WOULD BE BETTER THAN THOSE CHILDREN USUALLY ENCOUNTER, (2) TO CARRY ON THIS ACTIVITY AS MUCH IN THE VIEW OF THE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY AS POSSIBLE, AND (3) TO GAIN SUCH UNDERSTANDING OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION AS CAN BE GLEANED FROM THIS TYPE OF CREATIVE "CURRICULUM INNOVATION" ACTIVITY. IN A NARROWER SENSE, THE PROJECT WAS CONCERNED WITH DEVELOPING SEQUENCES OF CLASSROOM LESSONS COMBINING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AT THE LEVEL OF GRADES K-9 AND WITH WORKING WITH VARIOUS TEACHERS AND SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN IMPLEMENTING THIS PROGRAM IN ACTUAL CLASSROOMS. THIS PROJECT WAS AIMED AT SEVERAL RELATED OUTCOMES--(1) THE CREATION OF NEW POINTS OF VIEW AND THE RECOGNITION OF NEW VALUES AND NEW PURPOSES, (2) THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE STATE OF THE ART, (3) EXPANDING THE REPERTOIRE OF THE PRACTITIONER, (4) IMPROVING ACTUAL PRACTICE IN THE SCHOOLS, (5) THE PRODUCTION OF CURRICULUM MATERIALS, AND (6) THE RECORDING OF INNOVATIONS VIA AUDIOTAPE, VIDEOTAPE, AND 16MM FILM. STUDENTS INVOLVED HAVE INCLUDED CULTURALLY-PRIVILEGED CHILDREN, "ORDINARY" CHILDREN, AND CULTURALLY-DEPRIVED CHILDREN. IN EVERY CASE, THE MATHEMATICIAN AND THE CHILD HAVE USUALLY EMPLOYED THE PROCESS-ORIENTED APPROACH AS OPPOSED TO A FACT-ORIENTED APPROACH IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SIGNIFICANT MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS. THE TASK FOR THE PROJECT HAS BEEN TO DEVISE SUITABLE "PROCESS" EXPERIENCES AND TO GIVE TEACHERS THE NECESSARY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND TO COPE WITH THE DEMANDS OF THIS STYLE OF TEACHING. FROM THIS COLLABORATION BETWEEN TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS, THERE HAS EMERGED A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT CURRICULUMS. A DISCUSSION OF FIVE OF THESE VARIOUS CURRICULUMS IS INCLUDED. (RP)
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Authoring Institution: Webster Coll., St. Louis, MO.
Identifiers: Madison Project; Syracuse University NY; WEBSTER UNIVERSITY