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ERIC Number: EJ1128641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1940-4476
Supporting Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers and Students: A Curricular Activity System Used in an Urban School District
Roy, George J.; Fueyo, Vivian; Vahey, Philip
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v40 n2 2017
The exploration of proportional relationships is foundational to the mathematics studied in the middle grades and beyond. Research has shown that an early emphasis on procedures often leaves students with a shallow understanding of the important underlying mathematical concepts of proportional relationships. One approach that addresses the needs of both teachers and students when it comes to mathematics that middle grades students find challenging (e.g., ratios and proportions) is a unified curricular activity system (i.e., a system of curricular materials, technology, and teacher professional development). The mixed-method study presented in this article outlines a curricular activity system that was designed to underpin middle grades mathematics teachers' implementation of a learning module addressing proportional relationships. The results of the study provide evidence that a curricular activity system in which teacher professional development is coherently aligned to technology-embedded curriculum impacts teachers' ability to teach as well as students' learning of proportional relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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