ERIC Number: ED201476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Priorities in School Mathematics: Executive Summary of the PRISM Project.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.
The Priorities in School Mathematics Project (PRISM) was designed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to collect information on current beliefs and reactions to possible mathematics curriculum changes during the 1980's. The first component of PRISM was a survey of preferences for alternative content topics, instructional goals, resources, methods, provisions for particular groups of students, and ways of using calculators. Each of these was considered for nine content strands in the precollege curriculum: (1) whole numbers; (2) fractions and decimals; (3) ratio, proportion, and percent; (4) measurement; (5) algebra; (6) geometry; (7) probability and statistics; (8) computer literacy; and (9) problem solving. The second component of PRISM assessed priorities for curriculum change or for methods of addressing problems in mathematics education. Respondents were asked to judge the relative importance of curriculum alternatives, identifying points in the mathematics curriculum where change seems most needed. Major points from both surveys are discussed in this publication, and PRISM data are related to eight recommendations in NCTM's "An Agenda for Action: Recommendations for School Mathematics of the 1980's." (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Objectives, Public Opinion, School Surveys, Surveys
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 (single copy free while supply lasts; orders of multiple copies $1.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.