ERIC Number: ED338497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Dissemination of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics'"Curriculum and Evaluation Standards" in the Capital District Area of New York State.
Anderson, Catherine M.; Kouba, Vicky L.
A survey of the extent of the dissemination of the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) within the Capital District area of New York State revealed that 61% of the 381 respondents, from a contacted sample of 726 teachers, were aware of the Standards. Among the findings was one showing that there was no significant difference in the level of this awareness between teachers at public and private institutions; however, proportionally fewer teachers in rural areas were informed about the Standards than teachers in either suburban or urban areas. Further, significantly fewer elementary teachers than secondary teachers were cognizant of the Standards. The most commonly reported effective modes for dissemination of information concerning the Standards were departmental meetings and membership in the NCTM. Overall, most teachers who had heard of the Standards had read them completely or in part and had found them to be understandable as well as practical, to the extent that 52% of these teachers felt the Standards had changed their teaching at least somewhat, whereas 27% reported no change in their teaching methods. The majority of respondents described the current state of mathematics education as being problematic. Finally, over half of the respondents had used computers, calculators, and cooperative learning techniques within their classrooms. (JJK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: NCTM Curriculum and Evaluation Standards; New York (Albany)