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ERIC Number: EJ1003838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
How Wide Is a Squid Eye? Integrating Mathematics into Public Library Programs for the Elementary Grades
Kliman, Marlene; Jaumot-Pascual, Nuria; Martin, Valerie
Afterschool Matters, n17 p9-15 Spr 2013
Although public library programs for the elementary grades offer explorations in a wide range of topics in which mathematics plays a role, are all too rare: Mathematics offerings are typically limited to homework help. Participating in out-of-school activities that embed mathematics in authentic ways bolsters children's skill development, appreciation of the relevance of mathematics, and mathematics attitudes. Informal educators, from afterschool providers to librarians, care deeply about children's mathematical success, but they often are math-avoidant themselves and thus shy away from doing mathematics with children. To provide informal educators in library settings with an alternative vision of mathematics, the authors, based at TERC, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education nonprofit, initiated Math off the Shelf (MotS) with funding from the National Science Foundation. MotS involved two phases: resource development and dissemination with evaluation. In the first phase, the authors worked with library-based informal educators (LBIEs). In this paper, the authors describe resource characteristics and key findings. They chose to focus on LBIEs because families are increasingly relying on public libraries as free, safe places for children in the absence of other out-of-school care. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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