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ERIC Number: ED512627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-18
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8735-3653-0
Teaching and Learning Mathematics: Translating Research for Secondary School Teachers
Lester, Frank
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
How can teachers learn what they need to know? Every community of educators, regardless of field or specialization, can benefit from being well informed about current research findings. A considerable amount of mathematics education research exists to inform teachers and administrators about teaching and learning mathematics. Research can show what is possible and what looks promising. It can demonstrate what is possible for students--what they can learn under specific kinds of conditions. Research can show that students can reach certain goals and that some kinds of instruction are especially effective in helping them get there. Learn how to use current research to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. This book contains twelve stand-alone articles, each with a list of references, which put current research into the hands of school teachers. Each article addresses key practitioner-generated questions with brief, direct answers, devoid of technical language and theory. It also includes a "How to Use this Book" section that provides specific suggestions for using the book in professional development workshops and for making policy decisions. Following a preface by Joanne Lobato and Frank K. Lester Jr., this book contains the following articles: (1) Secondary School Students' Proportional Reasoning (Johannah Nikula); (2) The Role of Problem Solving in the Secondary School Mathematics Classroom (Rachel Wing DiMatteo and Frank K. Lester Jr.); (3) Learning and Teaching Algebra in Secondary School Classrooms (Mark J. Driscoll); (4) Geometry and Proof in Secondary School Classrooms (Mark J. Driscoll); (5) Probability and Statistics in Secondary School Classrooms (Cynthia W. Langrall and Edward S. Mooney); (6) The Role of Curricular Materials in Secondary School Mathematics Classrooms (Margaret S. Smith and Mary Kay Stein); (7) The Influence of Technology on Secondary School Students' Mathematics Learning (Rose Mary Zbiek); (8) Secondary School Mathematics Teachers' Classroom Practices (Fran Arbaugh); (9) Qualities of Effective Secondary School Mathematics Teachers (Fra Arbaugh); (10) How Teachers' Actions Affect What Students Learn in Secondary School Mathematics Classrooms (Rebecca McGraw); (11) Formative Assessment in Secondary School Mathematics Classrooms (Marjorie M. Petit, Judith S. Zawojewski, and Joanne Lobato); and (12) Language, Culture, and Equity in Secondary School Mathematics Classrooms (Judit N. Moschkovich).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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