ERIC Number: ED341584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Experts' Views on the Elementary Mathematics Curriculum: Visions of the Ideal and Critique of Current Practice. Elementary Subjects Center Series, No. 44.
Prawat, Richard S.; And Others
As part of a larger study regarding an ideal curriculum in five subject matter domains for the elementary school, the views of seven experts in mathematics education were summarized and contrasted. Four experts were nationally and internationally known professors and researchers, and three were elementary school teachers selected by researchers familiar with their teaching and known for their ability to promote mathematical understanding in children. These experts were asked to treat the topic of mathematics education comprehensively by addressing issues of curriculum (goals and objective, selection and organization of content), materials and instruction (presentation of input to students, teacher-student discourse, activities and assignments), evaluation of student learning (formal and informal assessment of student progress toward key goals before, during, and after instruction), and teacher education (subject matter knowledge, professional development). The views of the experts are summarized one at a time, under the categories of: (1) General Approach to Mathematics Learning in School; (2) Learning and Teaching; and (3) Approaches to Curriculum. The overall summary indicated that all the experts were dissatisfied with prevailing mathematics curricula and teaching practice in elementary school with its over emphasis on learning isolated computational skills. Other areas of agreement and disagreement are contrasted, and these comparisons are considered with reference to their implications for ideal mathematics programs. Readers are cautioned that the call for change may be based on multiple, and possibly incompatible, assumptions. (14 references) (MDH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Interviews, Learning Strategies, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Opinions, Teaching Methods
Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan University, East Lansing, MI ($6.25).
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.