ERIC Number: ED471918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics Education in Rural Communities in Light of Current Trends in Mathematics Education. Working Paper.
Schultz, James E.
Despite the considerable efforts now under way to improve our nation's mathematics education for all students, students in rural settings do not receive their share of attention. This paper considers school mathematics in rural communities in the larger context of current reform from a number of perspectives, including curricular materials, selected recent publications, achievement data, and a teacher enhancement project. The paper consists of six sections. First, a sampling of current attention to mathematics education in rural settings reveals a scarcity of rural references in secondary mathematics texts and in National Council of Mathematics Teachers materials. However, the National Science Foundation recently funded two mathematics projects with a rural focus, serving Appalachia and sparsely populated areas of the West. Second, National Assessment of Educational Progress data show that the performance of urban fringe/large town students consistently leads that of rural/small town students, which in turn leads that of central city students. The third and fourth sections describe current efforts to reform mathematics education to better serve all students and outline the arguments of the backlash movement, which sees the reforms as aggravating the problem of low mathematics achievement. The fifth and sixth sections summarize a report on mathematics teaching and learning in three types of poor communities--urban, rural, and Native American--and describe the Moving on Mathematically project at Ohio University, 1997-99. This project provided teacher professional development activities in curriculum, technology, and assessment as a means of improving mathematics instruction in low performing rural districts. (Contains 29 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Internet, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Poverty, Professional Development, Relevance (Education), Resistance to Change, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences
For full text: http://kant.citl.ohiou.edu/ACCLAIM/rc/rc_sub/pub/3_wp/JES_WP1.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Ohio Univ., Athens.