ERIC Number: ED401145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Intellectual Content of Reformed Classrooms.
Secada, Walter G.; And Others
National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education Newsletter, v4 n1 p3-8 Win 1995
Seventeen schools are part of a National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education (NCRMSE) study of school-level reform that focuses on the intellectual content of instruction. The schools are involved in substantive efforts to reform school mathematics and were selected on the basis of survey data. A description of the scales developed to document classroom observations made by researchers, a vignette taken from observations of an exemplary grade-4 mathematics class, and an analysis of the vignette developed using the scales are provided. The observation scales have specific coding criteria and are either numeric or descriptive. Scales are described that help observers note the mathematical content of lessons, the classroom use of mathematical analysis, depth of knowledge and student understanding, mathematical connections, value beyond the class, mathematical discourse and communication, and locus of mathematical authority. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Discourse Modes, Educational Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Lesson Observation Criteria, Observation, Research Methodology, Verbal Communication
National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education, 1025 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education, Madison, WI.