ERIC Number: ED339593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Is There an Alternative? An Analysis of Commonly Used and Distinctive Elementary Mathematics Curricula. Elementary Subjects Center, Series No. 31.
Phase II of the research on the teaching and learning of higher order thinking and conceptual understanding in the elementary subjects, undertaken by the Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, includes descriptions and analyses of commonly used and distinctive published curricula in each of the five subject areas. This report includes findings of the analyses of one commonly-used elementary mathematics textbook ("Addison-Wesley Mathematics") and three distinctive elementary mathematics curricula ("Real Math", "Comprehensive School Mathematics Program" and "Math in Stride"). A set of framing questions, developed by a team of researchers undertaking the curriculum studies, served to guide the analyses in each subject area and draw attention to evidence of instruction oriented toward developing critical thinking and understanding. While "Addison-Wesley Mathematics" purports a view of mathematics common to schools today, placing greatest emphasis on the development of computational skills in isolation of meaningful applications, the three distinctive curricula propose alternatives to this perspective and, in differing ways, have attempted to suggest that mathematics involves problem solving, sense making, complex thinking, and reasoning. They also have endeavored to propose different strategies for teaching and learning mathematics based on alternative pedagogies and perspectives on learning. This study examines the published or printed curriculum available to teachers. Study of how teachers use these alternative curricula is a logical next step. (Author)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Textbook Content, Textbooks, Thinking Skills
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI ($6.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.