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ERIC Number: ED261455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics for the Eighties: A Study of Two Effective Math Programs.
O'Connor, Patrick J.
OSSC Bulletin, v2 n2 Oct 1985
This bulletin describes two exemplary mathematics programs in Oregon: the Math Lab at Mountain View Junior High School in Beaverton and the Academy Math Program at Jefferson High School in northeastern Portland. The Math Lab at Mountain View is a weekly supplemental unit that is integrated into general math and pre-algebra courses for seventh and eighth graders. After an overview of the program, the discussion focuses on positive attributes, the lab packet design, time and resources, teacher preparation and role, the lab day routine and structure, student discipline and consequences, student response, parental support, tangible results, and desired changes. The Academy Math Program at Jefferson, described in the second chapter, is part of a federally funded high school program designed to offer business math to potential dropout students. The emphasis is on training in problem-solving skills with broad applications in the business world, and on student involvement with community business people who serve as "mentors." Initial problems in implementation are discussed, along with the changes being considered for the 1985-86 program. The final chapter discusses how these two programs take advantage of recent research in mathematics education. Both programs emphasize cooperative over competitive learning and problem solving, though drill and repetition are still essential parts of the curriculum. Both programs have improved student performance in mathematics, and both promote student enthusiasm for math and for self-directed study. References and interviews are included, along with two appendixes providing sample materials from each program. (TE)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon