ERIC Number: ED471753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Curriculum Materials and Its Uses in Teaching and Learning Mathematics.
Li, Yeping; Fuson, Karen
As an outline of school educational activities, curriculum has been the focus of educational reforms in the past several decades (e.g., National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1980, 2000). In contrast, there are very limited research efforts given to examine the nature of mathematics curriculum and its roles in teaching and learning mathematics. Efforts to change curricula in the past have focused on revising and developing curriculum materials that were used in classrooms. Because curriculum materials have been a mainstay in mathematics classrooms in many education systems (McKnight, Crosswhite, Dossey, Kifer, Swafford, Travers et al., 1987; Schmidt, McKnight, & Raizen, 1997), it is often assumed that the quality of curriculum materials matters. However, previous reform efforts in changing curriculum materials have not been as successful as educators might expect (e.g., Kline, 1973; McKnight et al., 1987; Project 2061, 1999). Previous efforts and results in reforming curriculum, in fact, suggest the importance of developing research on mathematics curriculum. As a step toward a better understanding of the nature and effects of curriculum materials in teaching and learning mathematics, a discussion group was organized at PME-NA XXIII (Snowbird, UT; October 18-21, 2001). General issues on the quality and role of curriculum materials in mathematics education were discussed. This working group is proposed as a means to further discussions by drawing on continued investigation and collaboration on this topic. In particular, this working group will focus on the following two issues: (1) How can we examine the quality of curriculum material in terms of its content selection, presentation, and organization? (2) How can we examine the use of curriculum material in teaching and learning mathematics in classrooms? (Author)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Innovation, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Education, Secondary Education
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting [of the] North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (24th, Athens, GA, October 26-29, 2002). Volumes 1-4; see SE 066 887.