ERIC Number: ED225806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Mathematical Sciences Curriculum K-12: What Is Still Fundamental and What Is Not. Report to NSB Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, Washington, DC.
This report contains recommendations on needed changes (additions, deletions, and increased/decreased emphases) in elementary and middle school mathematics curricula and a statement of more general concerns about the secondary school mathematics curriculum. Separate sections are devoted to: (1) elementary and middle school mathematics; (2) traditional secondary school mathematics; (3) non-traditional secondary school mathematics; (4) role of technology; (5) relation of changes to other disciplines; and (6) teacher supply, education, and re-education. Recommendations in each section are based on issues and concerns addressed. Recommendations related to elementary/middle school mathematics include introduction of calculators/computers at earliest grade practicable, more emphasis on development of skills in mental arithmetic, estimation, and approximation (with less emphasis on paper/pencil operations), and direct experiences with collection and analysis of data. Recommendations related to secondary school curriculum include streamlining traditional curricula to make room for new topics. In addition, discrete mathematics, statistics, probability, and computer science should be regarded as fundamental and appropriate topics and techniques from these subjects should be introduced into the curriculum. Lists of participants and material related to the conference at which these recommendations were drafted are included in appendices. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Calculators, Computer Science Education, Conferences, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Skill Development, Teacher Education, Technology
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, Washington, DC.
Note: Report presented at Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) meeting (Washington, DC, September 25-26, 1982).