ERIC Number: ED184891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
PRiorities In School Mathematics. Final Report on Data from the PRISM Project and Appendices A and B.
Osborne, Alan R.; And Others
Results of a national survey to determine preferences and priorities for school mathematics in the 1980's are reported. Responses were obtained from samples of nine populations, including teachers, supervisors, and other professionals in mathematics education, plus principals, school board members, and PTA presidents. First-round surveys concerned curricular preferences about fractions and decimals; algebra; whole numbers; geometry; probability and statistics; ratio, proportion, and percent; problem solving; measurement; and computer literacy. Results from these areas were reported in terms of goals, content, methods, resources, appropriate times and students, and calculators. Data were also analyzed to yield information on such topics as applications and individualization. Second-round surveys sought to determine curricular priorities. These items were grouped according to focus; for example, development of new materials for specific content or use of additional time. The report provides vast amounts of specific information relevant to mathematics curriculum in the 1980's. Similarities and differences between samples in the perceived desirability of different curricular alternatives for the 1980's are indicated. This contains the body of the report plus Appendices A and B containing the survey items. Item data in Appendices C and D are contained in SE 030 578. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.