ERIC Number: ED352264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing the NCTM Standards: Hopes and Hurdles. Issue Paper 92-2.
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg
In this report, the author traces the recent development of standards for mathematics teaching. Two central tensions are examined: (1) the tension between arriving at consensus and effecting change; and (2) the tension between providing direction and affording discretion in practice. With a focus on the challenges inherent in the ambitious vision of teaching articulated in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics "Standards," the author examines a case from her own teaching. The case is based on a lesson in which the author's third-grade students were working on a problem involving fractions. The story recounts the interactions that occurred during the lesson and the reflections of the author in response to those interactions. The report concludes with discussion of issues inherent in the notion of "implementation" of these new standards. (Author/MDH)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Decision Making, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, National Standards, Personal Narratives, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Editor, National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($6.05).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED450252