ERIC Number: ED199095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Re-Evaluating the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum for the 80's.
This document views mathematics instruction as an area that was developed to deal with experiences of the real world, and that needs to change in response to the realities of today's world. To insure the continued teaching of significant ideas and skills, certain traditional topics must be deleted from the curriculum and new ones added. Teaching mathematics must catch up with the technological advances available today, such as the microcomputer and calculators. Teachers are viewed as having the responsibility for teaching the processes of real-world problem solving and motivating pupils to both enjoy mathematics and develop skills. Research to determine the topics and appropriate instructional processes are seen as necessary in order to obtain both the goals of general education and the aims of occupational necessity. Most available textbooks and curricula are viewed as stumbling blocks. It is suggested that teachers will have to work a great deal on their own, with the teacher-training program of vital importance for the success of mathematics education in the 1980's. (MP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Education (Republic of China).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A portion of this paper was presented at the International Congress on Mathematics Education (4th, University of California, Berkeley, CA, August 10-16, 1980).