ERIC Number: ED309088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
On Mathematics in Curriculum Reform in Elementary Mathematics. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 9.
Blair, David E.
This paper, one of a series considering eight disciplines, describes historical developments and current thinking in mathematics concerning what ought to be included in the elementary school mathematics curriculum. The first part of this paper is devoted to a discussion of the previous involvement of mathematicians in curriculum reform projects. The second part reviews only the most notable of these projects, the School Mathematics Study Group, then gives a few general remarks and discusses the Comprehensive School Mathematics Project. The third part speculates on the future content of the elementary curriculum, the integrated curriculum, and applications including problem solving. The fourth part addresses the question of important content. While the elementary mathematics curriculum is and should remain mostly arithmetic, including estimation, probability, statistics, and use of hand-held calculators, it should also include other topics such as geometry and spatial visualization, logical deduction, problem solving, and something on the nature of mathematics. The final section is a sample unit on area at about the fifth- or sixth-grade level. The unit builds from properties of area to the area of triangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids. The unit contains some sample exercises, but is not entirely self-contained. (Author/YP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Integrated Curriculum, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematicians, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Units of Study
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.