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ERIC Number: ED499300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct-14
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
The Expert Mathematician. Revised. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"The Expert Mathematician" is designed to help middle school students develop the thinking processes for mathematical applications and communication. A three-year program of instruction, "The Expert Mathematician" uses a software and consumable print materials package with 196 lessons that teach the "Logo" programming language. Each lesson ranges from 40-120 minutes, or one to three class periods. "The Expert Mathematician" coursework combines integrated computer software with workbook activities. A test of unit concepts is administered at the end of each instructional unit. The developer used the computer program "LogoWriter" to develop the curriculum, which covers general mathematics, pre-algebra, and algebra I. The developer describes the curriculum as covering the range of concepts and content areas in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards." The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) identified only one study on "The Expert Mathematician" that met its evidence standards. The one study included 90 eighth-grade students in a middle school in St. Louis, Missouri. "The Expert Mathematician" was found to have a potentially positive effect on math achievement. This report updates the previous WWC report on "The Expert Mathematician" that was released on the WWC website November 2004. This report includes research from the original review. No new studies were identified for this updated report. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Baker, J. J. (1997). Effects of a generative instructional design strategy on learning mathematics and on attitudes towards achievement. "Dissertation Abstracts International," 58(7), 2573A. (UMI No, 9800955).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri
IES Funded: Yes