ERIC Number: EJ767853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Reference Count: 9
Correcting the Course of Math Education
Lott, Johnny W.
Principal Leadership, v7 n5 p27-31 Jan 2007
Mathematical literacy is more than numeracy; it is an individual's capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world and to make well-founded judgments that use and engage mathematics to meet his or her future needs as a constructive, concerned, and reflective citizen (Programme for International Student Assessment [PISA], 2003). The need for mathematical literacy in adults cannot be achieved without clear and specific efforts in schools. To achieve mathematical literacy, changes must be made to the traditional math curriculum. Students should approach problem solving from different perspectives that require their full range of knowledge. Positive actions to achieve mathematical literacy include cross-discipline study, postsecondary education, and teacher preparation. Improving mathematical literacy in schools will improve the mathematics education in the United States but because the public is largely indifferent to mathematics, it is difficult to change traditional education programs. Thus it is necessary to change the public perception of mathematics, even if it is only through one school at a time. And the only way to make a sustained change is through strong leadership from principals.
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Public Opinion, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Relevance (Education), Mathematics Curriculum, Educational Change, Problem Solving, Knowledge Level, Interdisciplinary Approach, Postsecondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Improvement, Mathematics Education, Numeracy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment