ERIC Number: ED300278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in School Mathematics. Curricular Changes, Instructional Changes, and Indicators of Changes.
Romberg, Thomas A.
This paper addresses the demands for change in the teaching and learning of mathematics in the schools of America. Many of the demands stem from the way rapid changes in information technology have altered our economic and social culture. In particular, these technological changes have changed both mathematics and its applications. Given these circumstances, this report outlines the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics proposal, "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards" (1987). Also discussed are the implications for instruction of the adoption of a curriculum based on these Standards. Next, the problem of developing appropriate indicators to determine the effectiveness of a school mathematics program based on these curricular and instructional changes is presented, and a domain knowledge strategy proposed. Finally, the problems of implementing these changes in the schools are identified. While not easy to accomplish, a professional development strategy is described which, if followed, has promise in bringing about the reforms in the teaching and learning of mathematics which are being proposed. (Author)
Descriptors: Calculators, Concept Formation, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Microcomputers, Research Utilization, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement
Publications Center for Policy Research in Education, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research in Education.