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ERIC Number: EJ762580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Reflections on Math Reforms in the U.S.: A Cross-National Perspective
Newton, Xiaoxia
Phi Delta Kappan, v88 n9 p681-685 May 2007
Understanding how various aspects of mathematics education work together is necessary if reform efforts are to succeed, Ms. Newton argues. She compares U.S. and Chinese mathematics education to provide perspectives that might further such understanding. She highlights the Chinese emphasis on thinking systematically about teaching, curriculum, and assessments, and describes how these aspects of mathematics education work together as a system. Ms. Newton concludes that changing individual elements of the U.S. system may be ineffective if the rest of the system is not adjusted accordingly. She closes this article with a list of suggestions designed to reform and improve K-12 math education in the U.S.: (1) The K-5 institutional design must free elementary teachers from being generalists; (2) The K-12 institutional design must free both elementary and secondary teachers from spending every second of their time teaching; (3) The K-12 math curriculum must be designed to respect both the disciplinary structure of mathematics and the cognitive development of children; and (4) The accountability system must reflect the purpose of education and be reasonable. (Contains 15 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States