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ERIC Number: ED224703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 177
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The New Math. An Historical Account of the Reform of Mathematics Instruction in the United States of America.
Barlage, Elisabeth
The main objective of this document is to give an outline of the reform movement within mathematics education in the United States from 1951 until the late 1970's. The reform movement is divided into three phases which are distinguished by certain features common to events of the period. The material is divided into the following main chapter sections: (1) Causes of the Reform Movement; (2) The Beginning of Curriculum Reform (1951-1962); (3) The Zenith of the Curriculum Reform (1963-1971); (4) Decline of the New Math; and (5) General Survey of the Entire Reform. Descriptions are given of the main projects, conferences, and other selected events (such as the "Sputnik shock"), various acts related to education, and reaction to the "new mathematics." New goals were set and new methods of teaching mathematics were developed during the period. The movement should be viewed as an evolution rather than a revolution. The study closes with some thoughts regarding future directions for mathematics education. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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