ERIC Number: ED102021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Mathematics Laboratories: Implementation, Research, and Evaluation.
Fitzgerald, William M., Ed.; Higgins, Jon L., Ed.
This publication reviews the mathematical laboratory from three perspectives: a practical view of laboratories in operation, a review of related research, and a view of current laboratory evaluation procedures. After a discussion of definitions, types, and purposes of math labs, the first paper concentrates on their historical development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from their inception in 1967 through 1972. Despite continued interest throughout this period, actual numbers declined rapidly after 1970. Several reasons for this decline are cited. Several projects are reviewed; specifically discussed are problems, solutions, and results. Although generally pessimistic regarding the future of math labs, the author mentions several innovative movements as possible reversing trends. The second paper reviews research on math labs and activity learning, describes ways to employ math labs most effectively, and discusses some apparent effects on student achievement and attitudes (specifically, achievement gains in less able elementary children, with no effect on attitudes). This paper is followed by an extensive bibliography. The third paper critically analyzes seven specific project evaluations--their data collection techniques, types of analyses, and results. Following a discussion of difficulties encountered, the author makes some suggestions, based on the need for individually tailored evaluations. (CR)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Departments, Discovery Learning, Enrichment Activities, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Instruction, Laboratory Procedures, Learning Laboratories, Literature Reviews, Manipulative Materials, Mathematics Education, Program Descriptions, Research Reviews (Publications)
Ohio State University, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, 244 Arps Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210 ($1.75)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.